Rainbow Lake to Bee Branch and Signal Point Trail

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Prentice Cooper State Forest

Rainbow Lake to Bee Branch and Signal Point Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

if you follow the map, it's closer to a 6 mile hike than 4.5, and definitely on the upper end of moderate difficulty in some places. That said, it's a gorgeous hike, a great workout, and has some spectacular views. The signal point portion is extremely muddy

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Good falls and overlook! I'm no expert but I believe the map associated with this hike is actually to Edward's point. Not Signal Point. The two points are basically across the gorge from each other. The recording I uploaded is the one that takes you to Signal Point. Although we didn't go quite all the way to Signal Point.

Austere and majestic in a foggy late winter day. The dam at Rainbow Lake was worth the trip. Technical hike not for the tennis shoe crowd.

Nice weather today. Trail is in good condition. The creeks and rivers were flowing well due to the recent heavy rains.

Great trail! Make sure to pay attention to the map and the markers on the trees because it's easy to miss the turns for the trail your on (there are a few trails that mix together). Great spots to take pictures and have a lunch picnic. plus it's not too crowded. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was beautiful and well marked. Lots of lovely sites to see!

hiking
4 months ago

Great Trail! I am so thankful for this app that kept us on course. There were a few areas that were not as well marked, but the app led us back to where we were supposed to be.

hiking
4 months ago

this ranks among one of my top hikes. every minute was impressive.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Great hike and even better views! Aside from a few houses/buildings, it was pretty darn epic. The various terrain and elevation gain was an added plus, but definitely get a good pair of boots, had a few twisted ankles while hiking the rocky areas. For some reason full hike wasn't recorded. was 5 miles, moving time was 2:09:04 at 873 elevation gain.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Perfect on an autumn day, the colors are spectacular. Lots of rocks to climb around on. One of my favorite areas!!!!

Great trail however it could have been better marked.

hiking
closed
over grown
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite trails. So gorgeous!

hiking
10 months ago

The trail starts out easy enough from the parking lot. Beautiful boulders. Watch for roots. We got off trail at one point about a mile in but the All Trails gps got us back on. We decided to turn around at Rainbow Lake because of some trail confusion. My recommendation is to look at the map at the parking lot and get a good idea of the color blazes you want to follow. We did not do that and instead relied on gps. You definitely need sturdy shoes with good treads.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

This is a pretty decent hike majority of the trail. There are lots of roots and loose boulders. Would recommend boots with good tread. Some of the views are beautiful. The portion that is closer to Rainbow Lake is more switchbacks and gravel. That part of the trail is pretty busy with people going to the water.

hiking
Mon May 20 2019

Very nice hike but not the most spectacular around here. I did enjoy it.

hiking
rocky
washed out
Tue Mar 26 2019

Good hike keep an eye out for blue blazes because it’s easy to end up in someone’s back yard

hiking
muddy
rocky
Sat Mar 16 2019

The main hike to rainbow Falls is a good short hike that is not too exhausting but does have some moderate areas when you're going back to the car that are uphill-there are a couple of benches along the way to sit and rest if needed. The falls were really pretty and there's lots of room to play in the creek or sit on a rock and have a picnic. One really aggravating thing is there were so many people with unleashed dogs there. When these dogs rush up on my dog who is on a leash it startles us and our dog. Most times their owners are not even paying attention to the fact that they've run off from them. There was also a group there that started a fire by the creek and left it while it was still burning. Not that everyone reads the rules but it clearly states on the board before you start hiking that you're not supposed to start a campfire there or have dogs unleashed. There are several other trail options with a swinging Bridge. Our eight year old was not comfortable with the swinging Bridge so we didn't take those trail options but would like to go back and try again. This was probably one of our easiest trails. It's nice to be able to get to a waterfall in just a little over half a mile. There is not a lot of parking available so if you go on a really pretty day on the weekend you will likely have to park on the road. I definitely recommend this trail!

hiking
muddy
Fri Mar 01 2019

awesome!

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