Big Laurel Falls Trail

Franklin, North Carolina 28744

Big Laurel Falls Trail

Big Laurel Falls Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Running parallel with a lively creek, you’ll find cascades, moss-covered rocks, and downed trees keep you entertained. As you hike through the damp forest, you’ll pass over rolling hills, with a few quick climbs. Once you reach Big Laurel Falls, you’ll be stunned at how beautiful it is. The falls beckon you to brave the chilly water and take a dip in the inviting pool.

The second you step out of the car, you can hear the creek fl owing strong, luring you into the forest. The trail leads you down some log steps and across the lively creek to a T. The left is the Timber Ridge Trail. Go right, following the wide muddy path west and downstream. The creek is full of character, with tiny waterfalls, rapids, and cascades. Moss-covered rocks and downed trees all add to the scenery. Along the path you can’t help but notice there are several amazing massive trees."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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"Big Laurel Falls is a highlight of the greater Standing Indian Area and Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area. A high-quality campground makes for a great base to explore a well-marked and well-maintained trail system, the backbone of which is the Appalachian Trail. Big Laurel Falls is a fanning cataract set in a rock glen. We recommend viewing the falls in all seasons. It is one of those special places worth coming back to time and again."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
40 minutes
3,639 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,784 feet
Top Elevation
(828) 524-6441; recarea/?recid=48856&actid=50
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 51, B5. National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #785 Nantahala & Cullasaja Gorges, C5, Trail #29
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