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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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 800 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Forest

Lake

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Reviews (205)
Photos (599)
Recordings (119)
Completed (915)
Qb Driskell
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Elizabeth Focazio
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HikingMuddyScramble

The trail wasn’t marked well but it did make for a very authentic hike. If you keep checking the app you should be fine!

Jake McDonald
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Hiking

Easy Starter trail with satisfying views and an awesome bluehole at the falls. Getting to the falls is difficult however due to the fact that you shimmy up and down roads but other than that very clearly marked trail for the most part... Clean well cleared trails...

Tim Hancock
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Hiking

Nice, easy start to the suspension bridge at approx. .75 miles and then a few steep sections to Edwards Point but a really great view! 2 hours out and 1.5 back. Bring a towel and plan on putting your feet in the stream on the return if it’s a hot day - refreshing!

Cole Towsley
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MuddyRockyScramble

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

William Peterson
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Josh O.
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Hiking

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.

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Dave & Jackson User
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HikingMuddyRocky

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.

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A.B. Maynard
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Hiking

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

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Randi lyne Lahiff
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Hiking

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!

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Whit Mash
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Jaimie Hayes
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Hiking

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

Janna McKenna
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Hiking

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.

Nathon Roden
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Hiking

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

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Liz K. Whitley
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

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.

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Leila Jones
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Hiking

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

Kholton Allen
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Hiking

Great trail however it could have been better marked.

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Leah neal
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Reba Timothy
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails. So gorgeous!

Nancy Shields
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Hiking

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.

Sarah Yeung
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HikingRockyScramble

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.

Leslie Wilson
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Hiking

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

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