Rainbow Falls Trail

#7 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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Randall Nicely (63)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Had a great hike but fell on the ice and broke my arm... Still beautiful seeing the falls frozen. I'm sure we will go again, but not when the trail is iced over!!

Lizz Dobmeyer (545)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful hike! Had a few issues with some minor ice, but totally worth it. :D

Sarah Kirby (244)

4 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous hike! Extremely icy, but to be expected this time of year.

Heidi Cheeks (137)

5 Completed5 Reviews

Love this trail! Even in winter! The weather was mild for a new year's weekend hike although fog came up with some very light rain. Beautiful hike. Not for the casual hiker. I've been on more difficult than this, and its less than 6 miles. Took us about 3.5 hrs.

Mellissa Hayden (615)

17 Completed14 Reviews

I did this trail on 11/29/2014 for the first time. We didn't thoroughly look into the trail before we left and did not realize how HARD this trail was from trailhead to Leconte. It was snowy and icy, and the falls weren't too spectacular. We made the trip to LeConte in about 5 hours, came down Bullhead, and all in all was 9 hours round trip.
Nice trail with not as many views as Bullhead. Very rocky. Glad I did it but will probably never do it again.

Jackie Hale (780)

14 Completed14 Reviews

Abigail Tewmey (39)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I had wonderful time Hiking Rainbow Trails. Only problem we had was once we got to the top it started to rain so we slid back down. Trails were ok marked but coming down with as much as it had rain we did get off a little at the very end. Overall it is a must do! Want to go back next spring.

Greg McFarlin (1476)

16 Completed15 Reviews

Great trail, but unmarked. Usually this wouldn't be a problem on such a busy trail, but there were so many side trails it sometimes became confusing. Stick to the main trail and don't be tempted by the 'short-cuts'. Anyway, the falls were beautiful and worth the hike. Yes, it's all uphill to get there and downhill on the way back. A little bit of rocks to climb over at the falls to get closer for a view as well.

Kendra Blair (437)

6 Completed5 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.