January Hike

Hiking is not solely a summer activity. Even during the frigid month of January, taking a winter hike can be a great way to spend your day. Bundle up in layers and you will quickly warm up while marching along the uneven, elevated trails!

Rainbow Falls

A closeup photo of Rainbow Falls in the summer.

Despite the overcast, we decided to hike to the Rainbow Falls overlook. Leaving from Furman, it took us about 50 minutes. The car ride is windy, so roll those windows down if you suffer from car sickness! The location is easy to find with help from signs, so don’t worry about getting lost. On the other hand…parking can be a bit tricky. There was not enough room for our car in the designated lot, so we parked on the side of the road.

The actual Rainbow falls trail is about 5 miles roundtrip. We stayed on the Jones Gap Trail to go to the Rainbow Falls overlook instead because it was only a 3 mile roundtrip.

I really enjoyed this hike because of the company: good friends and good conversations. I wish we had the time to hike all the way up to the waterfall, but the view from the overlook was still breathtaking. This trail would be perfect if you want an easy rated hike with a view or if you want to bring your kids or pets. We even ran into two beautiful dogs and a family with two young children on the hike. Everyone was friendly and it contributed to a positive experience!