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Rainbow Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Tough but worth it

This trail was tough- It goes up the mountains for about 2 miles all the way to the falls. The path... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nikki S
Cleveland, Ohio
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Closed during our visit

I am told Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500' in elevation and is 5.4 mile roundtrip. Hike is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This trail was tough- It goes up the mountains for about 2 miles all the way to the falls. The path is a combination of dirt, stone stairs and rocks to climb over. It took us about 2 and half hours round trip. But if...More

Thank Nikki S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I am told Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500' in elevation and is 5.4 mile roundtrip. Hike is considered moderate in difficulty. It is least that The Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mount Le Conte....More

Thank sorabh
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Our family hiked the Rainbow Falls Trail. Although it is described "Hard" we did not feel it wasn't as difficult as we expected. We could compare this hike to Abrams Fall. We hiked past the falls by about a mile to the top of the...More

Thank Futbolking
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did this hike our first day on vacation in the area. The description of strenuous on the trail map was accurate but it was a beautiful hike up the mountain to see the falls that was worth every second. The trail...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This trail is steep and strenuous, and is entirely uphill. The change in elevation can be noticed, as you work your way up. On this trail, the damage caused by the fire last year is noticeable. In certain areas, the trail does appear narrow, so...More

Thank arjuny1210
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

The trip to the falls is more like 3.4 miles not 2.7 as advertised. It is up hill the entire way to the top. Bring plenty of water. The falls are worth it. Give yourself 5 hours for the hike and to relax at the...More

Thank Plague4
Reviewed 6 August 2017

The trail is 2.5 miles one way but feels lot more than that. The trail is steep and strenuous. There is stream running all along the path and you will get to see water cascades along the way, that is what makes it worth the...More

Thank TripMember09222015
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Nice fall , long hike, you should take a couple water bottles, i went in the afternoon and offer a beautiful view, nice experience.

Thank Jimena Jeannet Q
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We are a family of 4 somewhat physically fit... but not really used to hiking and WOW. The trail is over 5 miles up and back on a steady incline -- VERY rocky with lots of roots. We were thinking "no big deal... 5 miles....More

Thank lovefrance2010
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The Rainbow Falls Trail begins at the parking lot at Cherokee Orchard just before the start of the Roaring Forks Loop. The trail terminates at the Lodge on Mt. LeConte. The length of this trail is 6.7 miles (the falls are 2.7 miles) and has...More

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14 August 2015|
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Response from Sktaler | Reviewed this property |
Pets are not allowed on this trail.
2 March 2015|
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Response from tlco1 | Reviewed this property |
This trail starts out along a creek but then diverges into the forest with lots of switchbacks. I was just there about 3 or 4 months ago and it was our 2nd time to the falls. The first time we took the hike our youngest... More