Rainbow Falls Trail

Rainbow Falls Trail
Gatlinburg, TN - 37738

Type: Waterfalls
(865) 436-1200

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Rainbow Falls Trail, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a popular hiking trail known for its stunning waterfall and scenic views. This moderately challenging trail spans approximately 5.4 miles round trip and leads visitors through a beautiful forested landscape to Rainbow Falls, a majestic 80-foot waterfall that cascades over a rocky cliff into a shimmering pool below.

The trailhead for Rainbow Falls Trail is located on Cherokee Orchard Road, just outside of Gatlinburg. From the trailhead, hikers ascend steadily through a dense forest of hemlock, rhododendron, and hardwood trees, following the path of LeConte Creek. Along the way, hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife, including deer, birds, and the occasional black bear, so it's important to remain vigilant and respectful of the park's natural inhabitants.

After approximately 2.7 miles of hiking, visitors reach the highlight of the trail: Rainbow Falls. Named for the rainbow-like mist that often forms in the sunlight, this breathtaking waterfall is a sight to behold, especially after heavy rain when the water flow is at its peak. The observation deck at the base of the falls provides an ideal vantage point for taking photos and enjoying the beauty of the waterfall up close.

While Rainbow Falls Trail is beautiful year-round, it is especially popular during the spring and summer months when wildflowers are in bloom and the waterfall is flowing at its fullest. However, the trail is also stunning in the fall when the surrounding foliage is ablaze with vibrant autumn colors. It's important to note that the trail can be steep and rocky in places, so proper footwear and caution are advised, especially during wet or icy conditions. Overall, Rainbow Falls Trail offers hikers a rewarding and memorable outdoor experience in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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