Join us on a guided hike to one of the most popular waterfalls in the state, Rainbow Falls. Learn about the area’s history, its trees and plants, and waterfall safety all while enjoying the Horsepasture River, a nationally designated wild and scenic river. Please note the trail is 1.5 miles to waterfall, 3 miles round trip. Hike is strenuous and hikers need to be well prepared by carrying extra water and dressing appropriately.
Events and Programs
Gorges State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.
Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.
After joining Grayson, the Park Naturalist for the guided hike to Rainbow Falls, stick around to here some great waterfall safety tips. Our waterfalls are both beautiful and potentially deadly, learn how to keep yourself safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
Meet Grayson, the park naturalist, at the Raymond Fisher Campground to learn about staying clean when camping out in the woods. Get answers on all your questions you’ve kept to yourself, like the true purpose of that trowel or why a bandana is tied to someone’s pack. Please note this is not a guided hike down to the Raymond Fisher Campground. If you plan to attend, please prepare for the 1.5 mile round trip hike by carrying extra water and dressing appropriately.
Stop by the information kiosk on your way down to Rainbow Falls to learn about waterfall safety. Our waterfalls are both beautiful and potentially deadly, learn how to keep yourself safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
Learn about the similarities and differences between the grizzly bear and the black bear. Learn their different behaviors, food sources, and what to do if you see one.
Gorges State Park
General Park Hours
7am to 10pm
8am to 8:30pm
Monday - Thursday
9am to 5pm
Friday - Sunday
9am to 6pm