We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Don't Go When It is Cold, Icy, or Wet

We really love this trail, but do not go if it is icy, below 35, or has been raining a lot. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sevierville, Tennessee
Must go and see!

Very beautiful place and very interesting hiking trail. It took us about 4 hours to hike there and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Read all 353 reviews
All photos (369)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“great hike”(32 reviews)
“tough hike”(20 reviews)
“rocky terrain”(7 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park
from US$41.00
More Info
from US$41.00
More Info
from US$39.00
More Info
from US$31.00
More Info
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Should have read TripAdvisor before making this trip - it IS sad to see how much the fire destroyed some of the landscape - was still a beautiful walk to the falls - again wish I had read the reviews beforehand - normally do -...More

6  Thank snowtiger101
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 6 October 2014

This is the second time I have hiked to Rainbow Falls. The first time was in the Spring and there was a lot more water going over the falls then this Oct. hike. This path, if you want to call it that, is mostly rocks...More

2  Thank tlco1
Reviews (353)
Filter reviews
347 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews great hike tough hike rocky terrain tree roots trekking poles wear boots bring water miles round trip rated moderate up hill lots of water coming down uphill climb elevation gain tennis shoes large rocks le conte
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 347 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really love this trail, but do not go if it is icy, below 35, or has been raining a lot. It will really slow your hike down and the trail becomes dangerous in multiple locations. Go when it is sunny and dry...enjoy!

Thank MasterP007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful place and very interesting hiking trail. It took us about 4 hours to hike there and come back. When we started there was a rain falling constantly. Because we've checked the weather we knew that rain will stop in couple of hours. That's...More

Thank romanpiekosz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the hiking a little bit late. Started around 3:30pm and didn't realize it takes longer. the creek along the road is nice. the hike is basically in the forest without direct sun. But it took us 2 hours to get 1.5 mile...More

Thank Fay W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an awesome hike, the falls was awesome, seen a small bear at the end of trail. This is not the easiest trial but when you reach the top it’s well worth the effort.

Thank carlc627
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank hoosier63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an elevation of 1500 plus. The difficulty is listed as moderate but it’s a should be moderately hard. The waterfall is beautiful and the sites along the way are worth the hike.

Thank K3164EJlisa
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

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!

Thank breggie
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank trayjr
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Debbie P
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
The Summit of Gatlinburg
191 reviews
1.01 km away
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
1,155 reviews
2.13 km away
Gatlinburg Resort Chalets
25 reviews
2.47 km away
Motel 6 Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains
397 reviews
2.84 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all nearby restaurants
Crocketts Breakfast Camp
4,114 reviews
3.20 km away
The Melting Pot
1,105 reviews
3.40 km away
Big Daddy's Pizzeria
1,277 reviews
3.22 km away
Cherokee Grill
3,608 reviews
3.30 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 82 nearby attractions
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
530 reviews
2.17 km away
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
1,186 reviews
2.46 km away
Sugarland Cellars
1,515 reviews
3.13 km away
Sugarlands Visitors Center
892 reviews
2.35 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
14 August 2015|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Sktaler | Reviewed this property |
Pets are not allowed on this trail.
3 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from tlco1 | Reviewed this property |
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