Go WILD with us in the Smoky Mountains with a hike to beautiful Rainbow Falls near Gatlinburg Tennessee.
This spectacular 80ft falls got its name from the rainbow it creates on sunny afternoons. This incredible waterfall is certainly a must see in the Smoky Mountains. The Rainbow in the mist of the waterfall is an added treat on sunny afternoons when the lightning is just right!
You’ll stroll along a beautiful rocky trail which opens into pristine forests perfect for wildlife viewing, sightings of deer and bear are common along the trail. You’ll be treated many times during the year with numerous species of wildflowers that start blooming in late March and last until mid September. Of course each season brings different varieties of flowers. At the base of the pools you can see several varieties of salamanders sitting on the mossy wet rocks. The Smokies are the Salamander capital of the world with over 30 different species inside the park.
The Rainbow Falls trail is one of several trails that lead you to the summit of the magnificent Mt LeConte which sits high above Gatlinburg. You will hike along rushing LeConte Creek crossing it several times on foot logs and small bridges. LeConte Creek itself was the haunt of many a famous Smoky Mountain settlers of years gone by. Once an apple orchard of over 800 acres was in this very area and boasted over 47 different varieties of apples. The massive orchard owned by M.M. Whittle, who had a long term lease agreement with the Park Service saw the last harvest of apples in 1960. You can still see some apple trees in the area if you look hard enough, and in the early Fall they still bear fruit! The most famous mountain guide to ever have lived in the Smokies, Wiley Oakley, once lived high up on LeConte Creek. Wiley was a man of many talents. One such talent was his penchant for telling tale tells. Certainly numerous subjects of his stories were along LeConte Creek.
Once we reach Rainbow Falls we take time to enjoy the spectacular beauty and eat lunch near the base of the falls before our return trip back to civilization.
3/4 Day Hike: Hiking time round trip is between 5-6 hours, and we break for lunch at the base of Rainbow Falls
Total Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
Difficulty rating: Moderates, trail gains elevation of 1,500 feet to rainbow Falls from the trail head. Rocky terrain, sturdy hiking shoes recommended as is good physical condition.
Meeting Location: For this hike we meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg Tennessee
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