You can actually cross the bridge and watch the falls from the center of the river. There is a 600-foot boardwalk that leads from the close by parking lot to 6 viewing platforms. The highest single-drop waterfall at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Rainbow Falls, named after the arc of colours produced by the mist on sunny afternoons. Rainbow Falls is an attractive purpose to get out of the automotive, however be suggested that the 5.4-mile round-trip hike is a moderate-to-difficult half-day undertaking. But the considerable scenic rewards include trailside rhododendron and mountain laurel, rushing streams, and, on the climax, the 80-foot-tall cascade. Expert hikers can continue one other 4 miles to the top of Mount Le Conte, however when you ask us, you’ve earned some relaxation and some old school Southern cooking back in Gatlinburg or nearby Pigeon Forge.

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