Rainbow Falls Trail

#7 of 182 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Kendra Blair (284)

4 Completed3 Reviews

If you're a little out of shape like me, the trail can be a little strenuous at times. It's a great trail, but I was a little disappointed in the falls. Make sure you give yourself a lot of time to get there & back. I stopped a lot & took pictures, so it took me over 6 hours to get there & back. If you're in shape, you should be able to do it quicker. There is a squirrel at the falls that loves company. I have a feeling he gets fed a lot. lol

Thomas Treadaway (82)

2 Completed2 Reviews

We had a great time. The trail was fairly easy to hike. If you're out of shape like me, I recommend starting early so you can take your time. When we got to the falls, a squirrel joined us for lunch. Can't wait to go back in the Spring time when there's more water coming over the falls.

Heather Acosta (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful hike, very challenging. Did it with my husband while carrying our toddler.

Craig F (505)

43 Completed20 Reviews

The trail up to the waterfall can be strenuous as it is pretty much up hill the whole way. The waterfall is cool since you can walk behind it after climbing up some rocks. When I was there, there was not much water coming over so it was not as impressive as I was expecting.

Christine Lindley (140)

6 Completed2 Reviews

Gorgeous hike! Very strenuous. Took us about 2.5 hrs to hike in and 1.45 min to come out. Falls were very nice to see. Not recommended for small children.

Keli Sanders (104)

7 Completed2 Reviews

Gorgeous!!! The hike to the falls was a bit stenious, buit worth it! Plan to spend some time at the falls. We stopped and had lunch! We loved this place!!!

Trent Smith (421)

16 Completed16 Reviews

Great hike. The beginning is like stepping back in time as you walk thru old growth forest. The falls are pretty cool too. I recommend going all the way up to the summit of Mt. LeConte where you will find a hike in/hike out lodge with cabins. Keep an eye out for black bears.

Brian Miller (743)

13 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful trail with tons of wildlife all around. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Will be back this spring for sure!

Trenton Helton (121)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Well worth the time. Easy hike with great scenery. Look in the stream and puddles, there is more small wild life in there than I thought. If it is not to crowded you can climb in behind the falls, be careful it is very slick.

Scott Nolte (296)

6 Completed6 Reviews

A very beautiful hike. We started around 11:00 AM and the trails were covered in snow but had already been heavily traveled. Once the warm breeze began to blow the packed snow turned into ice and it became very slippery (we witnessed many people fall) and it made the hike that much more difficult but still worth the scenery. Once we got about half way back the snow had melted and it was pretty muddy but we'll take mud over ice any day. The scenery, geological features and the waterfall at the end of this hike definitely make it worth checking out. even in the snow and ice.