Rainbow Falls ,NC, USA


Address -: Rainbow Falls ,976 Grassy Ridge Rd, Pisgah National Forest, Cashiers, NC, USA

Rainbow Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfall settings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This 150-ft. tall waterfall is impressive, especially after rainy weather that swells the Horsepasture River. The best feature of Rainbow Falls is the ability for visitors to experience the falls from the front, bottom, side and top.
To reach Rainbow Falls, you'll need to hike 1.5 miles from Gorges State Park at the Grassy Ridge Parking area (drive about 2 miles after entering the park). Look for the cluster of information boards at the end of the parking lot. The trail to Rainbow Falls begins there, blazed with orange circles until you reach the National Forest - about half way. Then the trail is easy to follow with a creek crossing that can be a wet one when the water is high. This section is gradual downhill, so the trek back will mostly uphill. 
When you near the river (about 2/3 of a mile), be sure to follow the trail up river (toward your right). Hike by the many cascades with a few steep sections with stairs. Hidden Falls is just a few steps from the trail, before the last hill up to Rainbow Falls. Enjoy a full view of the Rainbow from the trail. Plus, there are side trails that take you for a closer view from the base and side of the falls.
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