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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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Jul 13, 2019
Corey Kronman
Hiked to the falls with Giang and Lois. Cool fall. very humid & sweaty. rained at the end
Jul 10, 2019
Arthur Mintzer
Jun 18, 2019
Nick DeLapp
May 14, 2019
Scott Stephens
Mar 23, 2019
Matt McClintock
Mar 22, 2019
Valeria Santioli
Mar 22, 2019
Justin Harmon
Mar 12, 2019
LISA WYLIE
Steep up, beautiful views, along water most of the way. Muddy. Wear dad's hiking boots, but roast him first. Much easier on way back. Must see!

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