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Rainbow Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Rainbow Falls is great but steep

Beautiful hike with beautiful scenery but be aware you ascend 1500 feet in 2 miles. We are in good... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
via mobile
closed for renovation on some days

This trail was closed during our visit as they are renovating the trail. Please don't take the... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

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 tennis shoes or sandals. You will not...More

Thank Travelingfool08
Reviewed 23 November 2017

This trail was closed during our visit as they are renovating the trail. Please don't take the trail when it's closed. As a retired Federal worker, I am aware that more accidents occur when people enter the trail during renovations. Remember you can't sue the...More

Thank DianeER
Reviewed 16 November 2017

The only reason we did this trail was because Alum was closed. It was already snowing in the parking lot when we started, but that wasn't going to deter us because we had reservations at Le Conte. I thought this was going to be easier...More

Thank Rose P
Reviewed 25 October 2017

It's a very challenging hike especially if you are not a regular hiker. The trail consists on dirt road, rocky terrains, wooden and rock stairs, etc., You definitely need to bring enough drinking water. It took us about 2 hours and 40 minutes (I spent...More

Thank Chathura_Jayasinghe
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This trail was tough- It goes up the mountains for about 2 miles all the way to the falls. The path is a combination of dirt, stone stairs and rocks to climb over. It took us about 2 and half hours round trip. But if...More

Thank Nikki S
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I am told Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500' in elevation and is 5.4 mile roundtrip. Hike is considered moderate in difficulty. It is least that The Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mount Le Conte....More

Thank sorabh
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Our family hiked the Rainbow Falls Trail. Although it is described "Hard" we did not feel it wasn't as difficult as we expected. We could compare this hike to Abrams Fall. We hiked past the falls by about a mile to the top of the...More

Thank Futbolking
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I did this hike our first day on vacation in the area. The description of strenuous on the trail map was accurate but it was a beautiful hike up the mountain to see the falls that was worth every second. The trail...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This trail is steep and strenuous, and is entirely uphill. The change in elevation can be noticed, as you work your way up. On this trail, the damage caused by the fire last year is noticeable. In certain areas, the trail does appear narrow, so...More

Thank arjuny1210
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The trip to the falls is more like 3.4 miles not 2.7 as advertised. It is up hill the entire way to the top. Bring plenty of water. The falls are worth it. Give yourself 5 hours for the hike and to relax at the...More

Thank Plague4
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14 August 2015|
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Response from Sktaler | Reviewed this property |
Pets are not allowed on this trail.
3 March 2015|
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Response from tlco1 | Reviewed this property |
This trail starts out along a creek but then diverges into the forest with lots of switchbacks. I was just there about 3 or 4 months ago and it was our 2nd time to the falls. The first time we took the hike our youngest... More