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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.

Gem Type: Waterfall

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Kristen Arendt

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Your Check-Ins

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Oct 20, 2017
Dennis Chan
Oct 19, 2017
Heaven Barr
Trail closed due to improvements only open Friday thru Sunday.
Oct 10, 2017
Anastasia Beaverhausen
Easy/moderate. Trailhead difficult to find using national park maps. Bring hiking poles for river crossings.
Sep 29, 2017
Cony Rodriguez
Sep 8, 2017
Ken Welsh
Aug 19, 2017
Mackenzie Young
Jun 12, 2017
Alex Maddocks
Jun 9, 2017
Brian Bailey
Great day hike with KB.

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