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Rainbow Falls Trail

 4.6 (8)

Length


1.7 Miles 2.8 Kilometers


275' 84 m

Ascent

-422' -129 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

2,920' 890 m

High

2,498' 761 m

Low

Shared By Russell Hobart

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Gorgeous falls and cool summer waters can be found along this easy to navigate trail.

Russell Hobart

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail here is not too difficult and provides great access to swimming.

Description

From the trailhead, hike a short ways through mixed forest with some blueberry bushes and sassafras lining the trail until you hit a trail junction. Go right and just keep following the trail. It's mostly wide enough to accommodate big groups, but please be courteous to your fellow trail users as this area is popular, especially on weekends.

There are tons of trails accessing the river- both legitimate and not. Try to use the ones with built-in switchbacks, as social trails contribute to erosion.

As you continue on, you'll soon come to Rainbow Falls, which is big and powerful. There is a nice swimming hole at the base of the falls for those adventurous visitors looking for a place to cool off.

Continue up the trail to get to Turtleback Falls. There is another great swimming hole and those seeking a thrill can use Turtleback as a natural slide.

Once you've had your fill of the falls, head back the way that you came to return to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Oodles of berries and mushrooms in this classic Western North Carolina mixed hardwood and coniferous rain forest.

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Nov 18, 2018
Kendyl Brown
4mi
Oct 8, 2018
M C
Sep 2, 2018
Mike Ward
Jul 6, 2018
Chris Lukert
Mar 21, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Nice trail along the Horsepasture river and beautiful waterfalls. Have hiked this trail numerous times while living inWNC 1.7mi — 0h 45m
Oct 19, 2017
Mark Denton
This is a must see!beautiful park well maintained trail plenty of places to get off the trail sit on the rocks and just enjoy the rushing water
Sep 9, 2017
Travis Bell
Dec 17, 2016
Jen Guardino

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  4.6 from 8 votes

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