Laurel Falls and Snow Falls

Caryville, Tennessee 37714

Laurel Falls and Snow Falls

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There are many cataracts named “Laurel Falls” in Tennessee, but there is no mistaking this long, tall beauty encased in the confines of Laurel Snow Wilderness, a deep, uninhabited gorge on the Cumberland Plateau.

The hiking is as tough as the canyon is imposing. First, you will head up Richland Creek past old coal mining relics, then navigate through boulders and up to Laurel Falls. The second part of the hike takes you back across Richland Creek to the other side of the gorge and Snow Falls, making a craggy tumble of its own."

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7/21/2018
The Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is around 35 miles north of Chattanooga, just north of the town of Dayton. It is part of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. There is a gated parking lot (at the end of Richland Creek Road) that opens at 8 am and closes at 7 pm. The initial part of the trail is about 1.5 miles long, which is a relatively easy Creekside hike. At that point, the road forks, with the fork to the right going to Laurel Falls and the fork to the left going to Snow Falls. These trails are fairly strenuous, as they increase in elevation along the way, but your efforts are rewarded by spectacular waterfall views no matter which way you turn. Both trails are approximately eight miles round trip. The full LSSNA is more than 2,250 acres in size. There are primitive campsites on the property (which is owned by the state), but registration is required in order to use them.
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4/15/2010
This a lovely trail, the first portion follows closely to the creek with many beautiful cascades and signs of an old mining site. The Old Dayton reservoir is also worth checking out off of the trail. The 2nd portion of the trail you are rewarded with some interesting waterfalls.
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8/25/2005
This trail passes the remains of the historic Dayton Iron & Cola company-old train tracks, bridge bases, a coke oven, retaining walls, etc. The trail is moderately strenuous. there is always a great view of the creek and great mountain views at the top.
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3/28/2003
Beautiful layout, you get the full experiance of what others only wish they could offer on a hiking adventure. The waterfalls, the landscape and the reward at the end...Just can't give this one enough stars.
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Trail Information

Caryville
Nearby City
10.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6-7 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, 220 Park Rd., Caryville, TN 37714, (423) 566-2229, www.tnstateparks.com
Local Contacts
Cumberland Trail—Laurel Snow; USGS Morgan Springs
Local Maps

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Dec 2018