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Rainbow Falls Trail

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Rainbow Falls Trail Travel Guide

This popular trail is jointly maintained by Gorges State Park and the Pisgah Ranger District. The trail accesses the Horse Pasture River and follows it upstream. The marked trail ends at Rainbow Falls, however hikers can continue upstream about 1/4 mile to Turtleback Falls. Once the trail leaves Gorges State Park and enters the National Forest, camping is allowed anywhere along the trail. There are signs to indicate when you are entering and leaving State Park property. Hikers should be aware of all State and Federal rules in these areas. Be aware that waterfalls can be extremely dangerous. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred along this trail. It is not recommended that anyone swim in the Horse Pasture River. Water levels can rise unexpectedly and even the best swimmers may be swept downstream by strong currents.


Trail Location: 
Use the Grassy Ridge Access entrance off of Hwy 281s, in Sapphire. This trail access is at the Grassy Ridge Trailhead.
Trail Length: 
1.50 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
orange circle

976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774



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GPS: 35.096000, -82.951000


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