Rainbow Falls Trail is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee side. This week’s blog is a flash in the past to about 10 years ago when we were out exploring trails in Tennessee.
Rainbow Falls Trail
Nation Park Service (NPS) reports there are about 1,500 feet in elevation gains on this trail. The 5.4-mile roundtrip hike is considered moderate in difficulty per the NPS website. I think it would be hard to classify hikes, as it is up to the person’s ability and experience. Does anyone know what the standards are for a hiking trail rating?
As you are exploring the area and hiking along, there are old homesites to visit. Do you like viewing old homesites? I like to see the floor plan of the home. What is the center point? Usually, it is the fireplace. Do you notice the fireplaces are usually the most structurally sound or last part of the home to remain standing?
Streams and Bridges
We enjoy hiking along streams with running water. That might sound silly, as wouldn’t all streams have running water. Nope, we have hiked many areas that the streams were dry.
Bridges, large and small fascinate us. There are many to cross on this trail.
NPS website reports the falls are 80-feet high. No climbing on the waterfall. For all those who love to get up close and climb on the rocks near or in the falls, there would not be the place for you.
As with every hike bring drinking water. The trail can be rocky therefore wear sturdy shoes, no flip flops. Because nears are present, bring your bear pepper spray for aggressive wild animals.
Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Have you visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park? If yes, was it the NC or TN side?