Gorges State Park Nantahala National Forest Poster
Tumbling down a 150’ foot sheer cliff in the Nantahala National Forest, Rainbow Falls mesmerizes hikers with its rugged beauty along a 1.9 mile scenic trail that visits four distinct waterfalls. Accumulating a total of 80 inches of precipitation annually, the Horsepasture River fuels the turbulent rapids of Rainbow, Hidden, Turtleback, and Drift Falls as it cuts a path towards Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. Beginning in the strikingly scenic Gorges State Park, this trail travels along the banks of the Horsepasture River through the mountainous valleys and lush temperate rainforests of the Nantahala National Forest. With a 4 mile round trip, taking nearly 2 hours to complete, this strenuous hike is the most popular undertaken in North Carolinas most rugged and remote state park.
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