Rainbow Falls Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • This hike was a little more difficult then I expected. The snow had melted making it muddy. Be sure to wear the proper hiking footwear. It’s a beautiful hike. We saw four deer and they came within 10 ...  more »
  • My wife and I hiked the trail for the first time on January 24th. It was sad to see the damage the fire did to the forest last year. It was still a beautiful 2.6 mile hike. We were wondering what stre...  more »
  • Beautiful hike with beautiful scenery but be aware you ascend 1500 feet in 2 miles. We are in good shape & this was a challenge. Please respect their advice & wear boots on this hike. Do not wear tenn...  more »
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  • A total of 5.2 miles of hiking to the falls. Beautiful scenery and spots for amazing photos. Some off the beaten path routes yield even better photographic spots. Slippery rocks are an issue mainly toward the top, use caution. 2nd mini waterfall had a hop in it from one rock to the other. Some may find that difficult. Saw a young Buck and a Momma Bear with her 2 cubs on the way out. What a day!
  • Nice, little half-day hike. After 11:30am, the trail gets a bit crowded. Pretty falls you can climb around a bit. Some slippery rocks, though. Pretty rocky trail in some sections and the way to the falls is pretty much all uphill. So, the way back is almost all downhill. Be warned, folks with knee problems. Nice sound of moving water for a large chunk of the hike. Very relaxing.
  • One if the best trails in the Smokies. There was some fire damage but its not nearly as bad as Chimney Tops. Plus the trail was cleared and reopened quickly. Its a good hike if you're looking for long empty stretches without feeling totally isolated. The falls themselves are beautiful. Try going after a hard rain to see them at the maximum volume.
  • The falls were beautiful, but be prepared for a long, hard hike. It took two adults about 5 hours to complete the trail. Half of the trail was burned in the fall of 2016. Beautiful trail, just more work than we expected.
  • Combined with the beautiful trail and the weather, this trails goes to my list of one the best trails. The fall is beautiful.

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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