Rainbow Falls Trail

#7 of 181 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.

Directions from Gatlinburg: Travel south on Hwy. 441 and turn right onto Hwy. 321. The motor trail begins approximately 1 mile down the road on the left. The trail is accessible to the right of the road approximately 2 miles into the motor trail.

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

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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.

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6 Completed 2 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.

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7 Completed 2 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!!!

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16 Completed 16 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.

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12 Completed 7 Reviews

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

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7 Completed 4 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.

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6 Completed 6 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.

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19 Completed 13 Reviews

Good hike, straight up going in and straight down coming out, not much water flowing but still a beautiful waterfall, would like to do this one in the springtime

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Even in the winter, a beautiful hike that's easy to get to from gatlinburg. plenty of parking.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome hike - good climb - beautiful scenery along the way - the falls are worth the hike!

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