Rainbow Falls Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • The trail is 2.5 miles one way but feels lot more than that. The trail is steep and strenuous. There is stream running all along the path and you will get to see water cascades along the way, that is ...  more »
  • Nice fall , long hike, you should take a couple water bottles, i went in the afternoon and offer a beautiful view, nice experience.  more »
  • We are a family of 4 somewhat physically fit... but not really used to hiking and WOW. The trail is over 5 miles up and back on a steady incline -- VERY rocky with lots of roots. We were thinking "no ...  more »
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  • Nice, little half-day hike. After 11:30am, the trail gets a bit crowded. Pretty falls you can climb around a bit. Some slippery rocks, though. Pretty rocky trail in some sections and the way to the falls is pretty much all uphill. So, the way back is almost all downhill. Be warned, folks with knee problems. Nice sound of moving water for a large chunk of the hike. Very relaxing.
  • One if the best trails in the Smokies. There was some fire damage but its not nearly as bad as Chimney Tops. Plus the trail was cleared and reopened quickly. Its a good hike if you're looking for long empty stretches without feeling totally isolated. The falls themselves are beautiful. Try going after a hard rain to see them at the maximum volume.
  • Combined with the beautiful trail and the weather, this trails goes to my list of one the best trails. The fall is beautiful.
  • The falls were beautiful, but be prepared for a long, hard hike. It took two adults about 5 hours to complete the trail. Half of the trail was burned in the fall of 2016. Beautiful trail, just more work than we expected.
  • A wonderful hike, just short of 3 miles. Intermediate course, with some rocky steps along the way. A truly beautiful waterfall, an 80 foot drop, Niagra Falls it isn't, but the rock face backdrop is a breathtaking reward for beginners and casual hikers.

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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