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All reviews great hike tough hike rocky terrain tree roots trekking poles wear boots bring water miles round trip rated moderate lots of water uphill climb up hill coming down elevation gain tennis shoes large rocks le conte
Someone told us this hike was not too bad. Well if you’re a championship hiker in peak physical condition then yes it was not too bad. Unfortunately none of us in our party was in peak physical condition. It starts out with a slight incline....More
This was our first time hiking in the Smoky Mountains. We chose Rainbow Falls based on the 80’ waterfall- starting out at the RF trailhead shows a 2.7 mile hike, however our GPS tracked the hike at 3.6... not sure why but it was definitely...More
We hiked up on Sunday in it, it Monday we had to use Trillium trial for return, meaning an extra hour at the bottom to retrieve vehicles- our own damn fault, as Jimmy Buffett says about his lost shaker of salt!
Did this trial it was fun and exciting it was longer then I thought and it was all up hill had to stop a few times you see a lot of different stuff on the trail didn't see no bear but at the end it...More
Beautiful 5.4 mile round trip hike but make sure you wear hiking boots or shoes with good tread. I wore good sneakers and had no problems, but occasionally slipped since it rained on the way down. It is fairly steep going up and is not...More
This was a very enjoyable hike, but it is not an easy one, I would rate it as moderately strenuous. The path is not paved or graveled, you will be going over rocks, tree roots, and small streams. It is a steady incline to the...More
Great hike .... and the falls are worth the hike. Be ready for some uphill hiking. Was raining on our way back down, next time I will wear my hiking boots. Don’t miss this one. I commend the Forestry Rangers.... super job keeping up this...More
**Note— trail is closed for maintenance at this time Monday’s - Thursdays**
We went on this hike as a family with my 9 & 12 year old children. They had no trouble on this hike and greatly enjoyed it. My husband and I are both...More
This trail starts out along a creek but then diverges into the forest with lots of switchbacks. I was just there about 3 or 4 months ago and it was our 2nd time to the falls. The first time we took the hike our youngest... More
This trail starts out along a creek but then diverges into the forest with lots of switchbacks. I was just there about 3 or 4 months ago and it was our 2nd time to the falls. The first time we took the hike our youngest was 5 or 6. She made it most of the way without being carried. That being said it is a very tedious and bland hike most of the way and there really isn't much to see past the beginning until you get to the falls themselves. Also there are lots and lots of rocks and boulders you have to climb over on the way up. I would opt for Laurel Falls which is partially paved though it does get narrow with a steep drop off nearer to the top. We took our kids on that hike when they were very young and there are lots of parents with smaller kids on that hike; it's a shorter hike and the falls are much better. Have a wonderful time and welcome to Tennessee!