Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park

Hiking Near Cashiers/Sapphire NC

3.9-mile loop trail near Highlands | considered a moderately challenging route

Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park near Cashiers, North Carolina, is a spectacular destination that combines the thrill of a hike with the beauty of a stunning waterfall. The 3.9-mile round-trip hike to Rainbow Falls is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, offering a moderate challenge with well-maintained trails and plenty of scenic spots along the way. As you make your way through the lush forest, you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of the Horsepasture River, setting the stage for the breathtaking waterfall ahead.

Upon reaching Rainbow Falls, you’ll be awed by the powerful 150-foot cascade that creates a misty rainbow on sunny days, giving the falls its name. The viewing area provides a perfect spot for taking in the sight and sound of the rushing water, and for capturing some incredible photos. For those looking to cool off, the mist from the falls offers a refreshing break. The surrounding rocks and greenery add to the picturesque setting, making it an ideal spot for a picnic or a moment of relaxation.

Gorges State Park itself is a gem of Western North Carolina, offering a variety of trails, picnic areas, and stunning vistas. After visiting Rainbow Falls, you can explore other nearby trails or take a short drive to the charming town of Cashiers, known for its quaint shops and eateries. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking for a beautiful place to spend the day, Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park provides an unforgettable experience that showcases the natural beauty and serenity of the North Carolina mountains.

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