Laurel Falls

Johnson City, Tennessee

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This hike travels to an aquatic feature along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)—Laurel Falls. First, follow an old railroad grade into the heart of the Laurel Fork Gorge on the Blueline Trail. Pass a sheer rock bluff , the first of many geological features, before meeting the Appalachian Trail. Continue deeper up the Laurel Fork valley, climbing a rock spine before descending to Laurel Fork again.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike travels to an aquatic feature along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)—Laurel Falls. First, follow an old railroad grade into the heart of the Laurel Fork Gorge on the Blueline Trail. Pass a sheer rock bluff , the first of many geological features, before meeting the Appalachian Trail. Continue deeper up the Laurel Fork valley, climbing a rock spine before descending to Laurel Fork again.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,860 feet
Top Elevation: 2,180 feet
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District: 423-735-1500, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #783 South Holston and Watauga Lakes; Appalachian Trail Conservancy TN–NC Maps 1 and 2; USGS Elizabethton
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Falls

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