Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Hike to Rainbow Falls
Hike along sparkling Le Conte Creek up to 80' high Rainbow Falls. As you hike along this trail you will see rocks ranging from the size of marbles to great boulders. In the spring and summer months, as you climb up towards the falls you will hike by blooms of crimson bee-balm and big yellow coneflowers.
Details about taking this hike:
Trail: Rainbow Falls Trail
Driving to the Trailhead: Take Historic Nature Trail Drive (traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg) into the park. At mile 3.4, just after the road becomes one-way, turn right into the Rainbow Falls Parking Area.
Hiking Distance: 2.7 miles one way to Rainbow Falls
Trail Conditions: Elevation change of 1,700 feet; trail contains switchbacks and is rocky in sections.
Notes: Rainbow Falls Trail continues past Rainbow Falls for a total of 6.7 miles up to the summit of Mt. Le Conte.
Did You Know?
Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...