• Excursions

    Cashiers ExcursionsSometimes you want to take a trip and see something nearby. Here are some ideas.

  • Fishing

    Cashiers FishingYou'll find there are plenty of spots to go fishing in and around Cashiers.

  • Hiking

    Cashiers HikingLike to hike? Or just a walk in the woods? Then you're in luck!

  • Mountain Biking

    Cashiers Mountain BikingSome of the best mountain biking in the country is within an hour's drive of Cashiers.

  • Swimming

    Cashiers SwimmingThere are many natural swimming holes for cooling off in the summer!

  • Waterfalls

    Cashiers WaterfallsThe waterfalls around Cashiers range from breathtaking to peaceful to exciting to mammoth.

Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. Silver Run Falls While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. Middle Glen Falls during a rain. Lower Glen Falls
Rainbow Falls is one of the most dramatic falls in the Cashiers area. The 200' fall is located on the Horsepasture River near Sapphire. Get more information about Rainbow Falls »
Silver Run Falls is located just a short hike off of Hwy. 107 south of Cashiers. The 35' waterfall keeps a rather large plunge pool full of water for swimming. Get directions to Silver Run Falls »
While it certainly isn't easy to reach, Bull Pen slices right underneath a road bridge. It's a bit of a drive, but you won't have to go far once you park. More information on Bull Pen and directions »
Upper Glen Falls during a rain. Hiking down from Highlands, the second tier of Glen Falls cascades quite a way. Read more about Glen Falls »
Middle Glen Falls looks like a dream in this time-lapse shot. Find out how to visit Glen Falls »

From the guide

Waterfalls: Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is definitely one of the most spectacular falls in the area. Part of a series of waterfalls on the Horsepasture River, the hike to Rainbow is absolutely first-class.

Access Rainbow falls from Gorges State Park’s Grassy Ridge entrance on Hwy. 281. Hike to the Horsepasture River in Pisgah National Forest.

Be careful around the top, as you could lose your step easily. BEWARE: You wouldn’t be the first to die here. But enjoy the view and even bring a picnic.

There are many trails down to rainbow once you start the descent. Stay on the “high road” for the easiest way down, which means keep left as you’re descending. The view from the wooden fence away from the fall is a great way to take in the entirety of its beauty. There are wildflowers growing here during much of the year. Head down towards to fall for a misty and windy experience of this giant.

Visit our horsepasture river hiking page for more details.

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