Rainbow Falls from Gorges State Park parking area
Drive into the new Gorges State Park
entrance off Hwy 281 and follow several
miles in to the last parking area.
Copyright 2009 by Tony Austin
Rainbow Falls offers a
dramatic 80-ft drop
Difficulty (1-5):
Distance (round trip):
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Trail time:
Driving time:
400 feet
2.5 Hours
30 min (round trip)
Directions to trailhead.  From the main
entrance from Lake Toxaway Estate go east,
toward Cashiers, for about a mile to the
junction with SR 281 south.  Turn left and go
one mile to the entrance to Gorges State Park.
Turn and go a couple of miles to the parking
area for Rainbow Falls.
miles to the Horsepasture River. Bear right as
the trail follows the river and  begins to climb.
You'll round a bend and there is magnificent
Rainbow Falls. You can stand at the wooden
railing, and if you wish walk down to the bottom
of the falls. On a  hot day the mist feels great.
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Continue upstream to Turtleback Falls.
Across from the falls are several giant
boulders that make perfect bleachers for
watching the adventurous swimmers slide
over the falls to the pool below.  
Rainbow Falls 2009
Rainbow Falls 2009