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Rainbow Lake and Bee Branch Trail Loop

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Prentice Cooper State Forest

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.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 370 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Running

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Rocky

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Reviews (296)
Photos (568)
Recordings (254)
Completed (668)
Sarah Jones
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arrived at 11 am on Sunday, gates closed, trail closed per signage

Melissa Quarles
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Hiking

Trails everywhere. Too many social trails make it hard to follow. Nice hike, though. Water flow was near nil.

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Carmen Garcia
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Tara Marie
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely amazing trail. Started at the parking lot with the rainbow lake signage. Took this trail all the way to Edwards PT with our pups. Beautiful views. Dogs and people can swim to cool off. Such an amazing adventure. Some of the path is a bit rocky but nothing to worry about to this fall!

Kim K
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HikingBugsRocky

The AllTrails trail map was difficult to follow, I took the main trail to the lake, about 1.75 miles in and out. Lots of branches off the main trail.

Paul Adkins
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Hiking

Awesome spot! Ate lunch on the dam and hiked. Really beautiful and was quiet early in the morning.

Dayna Wright
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Hiking

Parking is extremely limited. Only like a dozen spots. Get here early in the morning or late in the afternoon

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Oaklea Ragan
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HikingBlowdownBridge outClosedOver grownRocky
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Marchello Pollard
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HikingRocky
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Kathryn Jankowski
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A great trail, I would recommend hiking boots rather than Tevas or Chacos although we wore them and it was fine, just a little rough on up hill climbs. The trail can get confusing because it interlaces with so many other trails, be sure to keep checking the map regularly.

Izaak Standridge
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HikingBlowdownBridge out

I’m assuming it’s due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but parts of the trail are in need of upkeep making it difficult to find the trail at certain points. Overall it’s worth your time and there is a good swimming hole if you feel like cooling off.

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Heather Saldinger
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Hiking

Started out going North along the trail, and somehow ended up on a side trail adventure across old bridges and ending up at a river across from some home.... but made it back connected to the second half of the main trail for a great dip in the water. Mainly shaded trail made for a nice hike. Watch for rocks and roots when on this trail

Andrei Hippix
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Great Trail. Enjoyed every bid of it!

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Juan Duran
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Hiking

I recommend taking the Bee Branch Trail first and end up at Rainbow Lake. A better reward to the hike!

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Venita Ballard
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HikingRocky

This was a nice trail. Very nice little lake area. I would put it right in the middle of easy and moderate. There are some slippery parts and lots of rocks and roots so watch your feet.

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Nicole Meisenbach
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HikingBridge out

Trail was very moderate. Going down to the creek was very steep, but it was a fun afternoon hike with access to the creek.

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