Rainbow Falls Trail

HARD 354 reviews

Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1686 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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4 days ago

One of my favorite places in the Smokies!

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6 days ago

Challenging course, but very doable with stops along the way. Completed the hike with my 15 year old and wife.

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8 days ago

My family (wife and 2 boys - 10/12) made this hike today (July 17). It was a fairly strenuous hike but not too bad with periodic rest stops along the way. The trail was in good shape and there weren't large obstacles that needed to be traversed to complete the hike. I wouldn't recommend for young children but my 10 year old was able to handle it -- though it certainly was a workout for him. For families with younger children, the first 1/2 to 3/4 mile of the trail is very nice and offers nice views of the creek with some points of access to the water.

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8 days ago

Gorgeous view after a fun challenge!

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10 days ago

The end result of hike is breath taking!!

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14 days ago

Great hike with our kids (15,14,12,10) and my 76!year old father. The beginning has rough footing, roots, rocks and everything else. But great view at the top and amazing falls.

22 days ago

Wonderful hike! Extremely rocky incline but once you make it to the falls you can climb on the rocks and cool off! I would definitely do it again!

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26 days ago

This trail has plenty of scenic stops along the way that made it accessible to all levels. This only downside I could think of was the view along the way. I went in early May, and there was too much tree cover to see much of what you were climbing until you got to the top. However, the waterfalls were great spots to hang for a little before continuing on.

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27 days ago

Wonderful trail in both the beginning and when you get to the higher elevation. Didn't get to see the falls at the end because we had to turn back to check out of our cabin, but even without them this trail shows a lot of what smokey mountain national park has to offer while connecting to other trails for a longer day trip.

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27 days ago

One of my family's favorites! Have been hiking this trail every few years for the past 20 years, with my children from 8 years old and up. Looking forward to sharing this with my grandchildren in another 3-4 years. I would advise that you be in shape! The last bit up to the falls is strenuous. Fortunately the falls is a great place to hang out and enjoy a snack, and admire the natural beauty