Laurel Creek Overlook Trail at Laurel Snow State Natural Area

Dayton, Tennessee 37321

Laurel Creek Overlook Trail at Laurel Snow State Natural Area

Laurel Creek Overlook Trail at Laurel Snow State Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Laurel Snow State Natural Area is named for two great waterfalls. It has several overlooks and contains both extensive rock work and remains of extensive mining operations. With over 10 miles of trails and several backcountry campsites, this diverse area provides ample opportunity to explore and enjoy its natural beauty and its rich history.

The Laurel Snow State Natural Area holds some beautiful trails that take you to some of the most diverse landscape in Tennessee. At 2,259 acres, and with its abundant creeks, waterfalls, bluff s, and coal-mining history, the area has as much to offer as many larger parks. Overall, with almost constant features to beckon, this is one of the superb day hikes in the state."

Laurel Creek Overlook Trail at Laurel Snow State Natural Area Trip Reports

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5/15/2008
This is a great hike. The trail goes beside the river for a mile or so and then begins to climb. there is a great 50 Foot bride with beautiful water views. The Laurel trail and Snow trail split soon after the bridge and they can be difficult to distinquish.
the Snow fall has 7 switchbacks which are great and a section with 3 50 foot bridges melded together. At the top beautiful views and then on thru a field of pines and wild flowers. To finally get to the falls, we had to wade over Morgan creek (about 3 feet deep in May). It was great. NICE camping sites at the very top near snow falls.
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1/2/2002
beautiful overlooks, streneous hikes to both laurel and snow falls. many very nice camp sites. this trail shows how hard the early steamdriven train worked and the men who built the tracks. you will also get to see the old dayton reservoir and the old water main pipeline . enjoy!!
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Trail Information

Dayton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
Year-round
Season
850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,700 feet
Top Elevation
Cumberland Trail State Park, South Trail Office, 1838 Taft Hwy., Signal Mountain, TN 37377; (423) 886-2951
Local Contacts
USGS quad 110SE, Morgan Springs
Local Maps

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