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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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Aug 4, 2022
Doreen Matthes
Jun 23, 2022
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Jun 13, 2022
Vasugi Thinakaran
We are visiting rainbow falls trail
Jun 13, 2022
Bethany Girtler
Jun 1, 2022
cassie Curl
Did Anakeesta in the morning in rainbow Falls in the afternoon had a 6yr - 12yr and 16 year old with me all of them did well
Apr 23, 2022
andrea baker
3 bears and 2 babies
Mar 29, 2022
Brian Cole
With Dave and and Family
Mar 14, 2022
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