Rainbow Falls Hiking Trail Pictures and Movie
We started our first day down the Roaring Fork nature motor trail. It is a eight mile loop south then back to Gatlinburg. In the Southernside of the loop is Rainbow Falls. The 5.4 miles roundtrip proved to be a challenging hike. The trail is rated moderate to difficult and gains about 1,500' in elevation.
The rocky trail reveals continuous old growth forests and cascading waterfalls. The rhododendrons must be spectacular during their flowering months because they were everywhere. I had to pause occassionally to film the largest trees and the brightest moss as they shined in the sun.
I finally heard the awesome sound of Rainbow Falls as I came around the bend. The falls was so beautiful as I walked up to it and around it. A rainbow produced by mist from this 80' high waterfall is visible on sunny afternoons and can freeze into a hour glass shape in the Winter.
Below are the pictures in order showing how the hiking trail at Rainbow Falls progressed.
Laurel Falls Trail
Abrams Falls Trail
Clingmans Dome Trail
Chimney Tops Trail
Newfound Gap Road