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Rainbow Falls is the highest single-drop waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a visit to the falls is certainly a worthwhile outing! The falls are named for the rainbow that can be seen in the mist on a sunny afternoon as the 80-foot tall waterfall cascades to the ground. If you aren't lucky enough to visit the falls on a sunny day, don't despair, as the falls are still equally impressive on a cloudy afternoon. Even in the winter, they are spectacular as during longer cold spells, a beautiful ice formation will build around the falls, sculpted by the still falling water.

Be sure to bring plenty of water, wear appropriate shoes, and do not climb on the rocks near the waterfalls as they tend to be slippery.

Half-Day Hike: From the Rainbow Falls parking area, head out on the Rainbow Falls Trail. Come prepared for a moderately difficult 5.4 mile out and back hike to the falls as the Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500 feet in elevation.

Family Friendly: While the trail to the falls is probably too difficult for younger kids, older kids will enjoy the challenge of this hike to explore the falls.

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Kristen Arendt

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Jun 29, 2020
Colleen Gebauer
Uphill felt like 5 miles but the view was worth it. Nice walk along rapids for the most part
Jun 26, 2020
William Mittelsteadt
made it up and back in an evening, finished as the fireflies came out!
Jun 15, 2020
Holly H
It was a black diamond hike! And it poured and hailed on the way back down
Jun 12, 2020
Steve Robinson
Jun 9, 2020
Ashley Murphy
Mar 19, 2020
Anna Grizzle
Me and honey hikin
Jan 18, 2020
Melissa B
Due to winds, dozens of trees broken in path. Still a beautiful hike.
Jan 8, 2020
Kevin Yeager
Awesome

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