Rainbow Falls - Hike and Swim near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Rainbow Falls Trail, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747, USA,Lake Toxaway,North Carolina
35.0878152, -82.957568
Address: Rainbow Falls Trail, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747, USA
GPS: 35°5'16.1"N 82°57'27.2"W
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State: North Carolina
Trails/Routes: 1.3 mi

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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! Located in the Pisgah National Forest, adjacent to Gorges State Park, Rainbow Falls is just one of a series of cascades and waterfalls on a two-mile stretch of the river. The park is in the Sapphire community, near Lake Toxaway, and about 55 miles from downtown Asheville. Courtesy of romanticasheville.com

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

  1. Head southeast on NC-281 S toward Toxaway Point (0.5 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on NC-281 S (131 ft)
  3. Continue straight onto US-64 W (2.7 mi)
  4. Turn left onto NC-281 S (0.9 mi)
  5. Turn left onto Grassy Ridge Rd (1.7 mi)
  6. Turn right (351 ft)
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