Rainbow Mountain Trail
Features Balance Rock a 100 foot balanced boulder
The Rainbow Mountain Trails park was initiated in an effort to promote the conservation of Madisonâ€™s last remaining undeveloped areas. The area of the trails is located on 130+ acres of city land at Stoneridge Park. The trails offer a panoramic view of the Madison areas stretching for miles to the southeast and southwest. Rainbow Mountain, like Monte Sano Mountain is part of the Southern Appalachian Plateau.
Length: 2.5 miles
Location: 34.734813, -86.729442
The Rainbow Mtn Trail is my new favorite afternoon hike! It is a short loop; only 1.5 miles (2.5-ish if you add the partially-developed Jamooko Loop) but it has enough elevation changes and shifts in terrain to make it interesting. As of this writing, the Jamooko Loop is fairly overgrown, and there are a few blazes for secondary paths up by the northernmost section, which can easily be mistaken for the "main" trail.