Rainbow Falls Trail

HARD 417 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

hiking
31 minutes ago

The Rainbow Falls Trail was a great way to kick off our trip in the Smokes -- if you're looking for a short half-day hike, you can go up to the falls (they're beautiful), relax for a bit, and come back. If you're looking to take up the whole day, you can keep going up to Mount LeConte and spend some time at the Lodge with views. This trail is definitely uphill, but if you take your time, I would say it's more on the moderate side than strenuous. Good boots and water definitely required -- you can refill at the Lodge if you choose to go all the way. Overall, had a fantastic time -- definitely recommended!

11 hours ago

Outstanding. Not hard. Gradual climb. Easy down. My knees will swear to this. Great views. Love the falls. Both of them.

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Wow what a excellent hike! Come prepared with water, decent shoes and show up early. You wont find parking after 10am on a weekend. I dont want to ruin the surprises but this hike has it all! Favorite hike! Not suited for rookies, injured people and I would avoid bringing kids or the elderly.

8 days ago

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12 days ago

This trail was quite challenging! Basically the entire way up to the waterfall is uphill gaining elevation. Wear good shoes and bring lots of water! There are small waterfalls along the way, but once you get to the end it is definitely worth it! Beautiful! The trail itself is rocky and rough, but gorgeous. Definitely worth it if you have the time! Took us about 3.5 hours total after a few stops along the way and hanging out at the waterfall for a bit!

14 days ago

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16 days ago

This is a pretty tough hike. The elevation got us on this one. Go with waterproof hiking shoes because you may have to trudge through some streams/hop rocks to jump over streams. The waterfall is beautiful and the hike is so worth it!

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28 days ago

Beautiful rocky trail. Never saw any bears but did see a rattle snake to the side of the trail. Stay on the trails. Saw some guys taking short cuts, we told them about the rattle snake and said it would be a good idea to stay on the trails. It’s very rocky so you do a lot of looking down to watch your step. Stop and take in all the beauty around you or you will just pass it by. The fall is beautiful. We hiked up to it and even got behind the falls and took pictures. Will hike it again!

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