Rainbow Falls Trail

#6 of 184 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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Abbigail Vonderwell (62)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great! It was difficult for beginners, but doable and so worth it. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes up and 1 hour and 20 minutes down.

Todd Larson (80)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Good hiking trail. Well traveled course with limited parked when crowded. We went Monday morning and had to park roadside about 1/4 mile past the parking lot. Water level was down but still worth the trek. Well maintained. If you want to get back to Gatlinburg after your hike stay to the left after leaving. Much shorter that completing the loop.

Krystal Smith (822)

12 Completed11 Reviews

Rainbow falls is a beautiful waterfall, but maybe not worth all the people you will be sharing this trail with. Even in the wee hours of the morning. Popular spot. Many birds and wildflowers. All uphill, with minimal views besides the fall. Very rocky trail, watch your step, especially after the leaves have fallen. Connector to Mt. Leconte.

Randy Belasic (155)

9 Completed10 Reviews

It is uphill all the way and I wouldn't recommend it for a new hiker or if you don't exercise much. It was quite busy. The falls were rather thin due to no rain lately. People were climbing everywhere and it was difficult getting pics of just the falls. It is a beautiful hike.

Andrew Smith (91)

5 Completed5 Reviews

Hike will definitely test your endurance, as it's all-incline. However, the falls are wonderful. Not as nice as people claim, but definitely worth seeing

Matthew Ezelle (314)

24 Completed2 Reviews

Rainbow Falls is a nice waterfall, but the trail is very crowded and the views are limited. It's a moderately strenuous hike up to the falls. It's quite rocky, especially if you continue past the falls to LeConte.

Carson McCalip (75)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Courtney Maynard (80)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail is awesome! Pretty steady uphill climb until you get to the falls. Beautiful waterfalls- you get to see 2 small falls and a huge one at the end. It is a pretty popular trail, so if you're looking for a little more seclusion, I would go early in the morning.

Beth Rodgers (150)

4 Completed4 Reviews

Amber Caicedo (61)

3 Completed3 Reviews

The trail was great! My favorite ever, lush vegetation, rocky, beautiful waterfalls. The app recorded all the way to the top then failed and erased all my data.
Took us 4 hours to reach the top of Mt Leconte (about 1.5 to reach Rainbow Falls). About 3.5 hrs to get back down. Absolutely beautiful. I'm not an experienced hiker but I'm in good shape.