Rainbow Lake and Bee Branch Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Rainbow Lake and Bee Branch Trail Loop is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 370 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

running

lake

views

waterfall

rocky

closed

This trail has been closed due to COVID 19.

2 months ago

Closed due to Covid 19. Wish I could have hiked it.

Super fun trail for a group prepared for a vigorous hike! We got turned around very frequently got turned around on the trail because it branches off with little direction. This app helped a lot keeping us on track. There are colored spots on the trees but this trail goes from blue, to orange, to yellow, to blue again!! breathtaking views!!

Enjoyed the Branch and rock formations more than the “falls.” Goof hike, not too hard. Note: parking will be limited on pretty days and this is not a trail to hit on the weekend if you’re looking for some alone time in the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky wooded trail through the woods. Waterfall and stream are accessible for wading. We rate the trail harder than moderate.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail with many optional trails if you are up to it. Pretty well marked but can get off on side trails in places. Beautiful creek and old dam. Not too strenuous but steep in a spot or two. Limited parking. Two "swinging" bridges. We like it and look forward to doing it again.

2 months ago

This is the most beautiful trail I've been on in Chattanooga. I recommend going counter clock wise. the trail down to the dam is quite steep, but short. If you do this at the end then rest of the trail is down hill. there are a few off shoots that aren't other trails but from what I seen lead to something cool. these can be avoided by looking for trail markers.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Went on a Saturday morning and it was crowded. All down hill going to the dam, all up hill on the way back to the car.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy trail and very beautiful. Never crowded.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Start this one early on a January day. Many water crossings, mostly easy but the up and down trails were washed out in places. Beautiful with all the high water - enjoyed waterproof boots. Blue trail blazes hard to find; became a 5-mile hike as a result. Great trail!

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Awesome trail. very easy

5 months ago

Fun trail and not too difficult, especially the first .5 miles. The dam was flowing and really nice to see. I did get lost a bit and couldn't find trail markers out by the lake heading out on the loop. Will definitely go back.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Fun trail! Not too hard, but we did get a bit off trail at one point.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

I took the Rainbow Lake Trail. It was nice and cool during my hike, they were even a few raindrops here and there. The dam was dried out, and the water level was low at rainbow Lake. thankfully this turned into a nice height because of the overcast, cooler weather. the blue blazes were a little worn out, so there were a couple times where I had to pause and look around to see if I was still on the right trail. The other trailblazer color white, was a white plastic nailed on trees where as blue blazes were painted on, so some of them had started to fade away. There are parts of the trail that are pretty rocky, so make sure you're wearing appropriate shoes for this hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this as an alternate route to Edwards Point, given that the Signal Point origin is terribly overgrown with poison ivy, on top of that idiotic wooden staircase garbage that begins that route. If all you do is the hike to the "lake," you'll probably be underwhelmed. But if Edwards Point is your objective (or even Mushroom Rock), then this is a great option. You will sacrifice some of the views that the Signal Point route offers, but let's be serious - the superior views are on the Edwards Point side anyways!

hiking
9 months ago

pretty grown up in area's. Water is dried up in most places right now. 3 swinging bridges that may be a bit scary for dogs. good quick hike though

hiking
10 months ago

You'll get lost. It seems lile a simple loop but there are so many crossings, random trails, forks, and intersections and way more than indicated on the map, which is extremely useless. Signs are such a rare site for the number of intersections

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

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