Laurel Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Laurel Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 2,290 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,226 feet. Laurel Falls Parking and another parking and the Fighting Creek Gap saddle are near the trailhead. The Chinquapin Ridge can be seen along the trail.
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Laurel Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 2,290 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,226 feet. Laurel Falls Parking and another parking and the Fighting Creek Gap saddle are near the trailhead. The Chinquapin Ridge can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Little Greenbrier Trail and Cove Mountain Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 4.0
Elevation Gain: 2,226 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,290 feet
Top Elevation: 4,028 feet
Features: Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Falls Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2279/4028 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2290/2290 ft

Laurel Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The hike to this waterfall is so popular that the park service paved the trail to it. This makes the footwork easier but detracts from the wilderness aspect of the hike. However, a well-timed visit will allow you to view this 80-foot spiller in relative solitude."

"This very popular hike exudes beauty that outshines its sometimes-bothersome crowds. Start at Fighting Creek Gap, then angle up the north side of Cove Mountain. Turn into Laurel Branch, where rock formations and a steep-sided valley avail views. Come to the middle of 80-foot Laurel Falls, gaining glimpses of the cataract above and below.

Solitude seekers will want to visit the falls in the off-season, from late autumn through spring. Spring will also have the boldest falls. Winter is a good time for both solitude and views. If you’re going in the summer, when the crowds are at their peak, hit the trail at dawn or dusk."

"This is a Jekyll and Hyde hike. The first 1.3 miles to Laurel Falls are possibly the most popular hike in the park and is insanely crowded. You might have the remaining 2.7 miles to Cove Mountain all to yourself, as nearly everyone stops at the falls.

They don’t know what they’re missing, as this section passes through a scenic old-growth forest carpeted in spring with abundant wildflowers."

"This wide, paved trail is very heavily traveled for the first 1.3 miles until it reaches the 75-foot Laurel Falls. You will usually find a crowd at the pool at the base of the upper falls, but after passing the falls, the crowds disappear, and the trail ascends through mostly virgin forest to Chinquapin Ridge, and the trail connection to the fire tower on Cove Mountain, 4 miles from the base.

The Laurel Falls Trail was built by the Civil Conservation Corps in 1935. The trail begins on the north side of the road, bearing off to the left around the side of the ridge toward Laurel Falls. This paved trail is very heavily traveled, and its length makes it appropriate for families with children, or groups with a less ambitious hiker along. It has been paved to prevent erosion because of the heavy traffic."

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2018
2

Please be advised that Laurel Falls Trail is NOT a dog friendly trail. There are only 2 trails in the entire Park that are dog friendly and those are the Gatlinburg Trail located behind the Sugarlands visitor center and the Oconolufte Trail located at the Oconolufte visitor center. There are steep fines for having a dog on any of the other trails. Dogs are very upsetting to the bears, now numbering over 1800 in the park, many other visitors and all of the other small mammals within the park. Please make other arrangements for your dog if you plan to hike some of the over 800 miles of beautiful trails within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park


8/20/2014
0

nice little trail for beginners real easy paved the whole way. not difficult at all


5/7/2014
0

Was a nice hike there and back...beautiful waterfall... worth the trip


11/18/2011
0

From behind Sugarlands Center, cross the creek and begin a gradual climb with nice views in and out along the way. Keep climbing for 8.5 miles til the sign for Laurel Falls off to the right. Easy trail down to the beautiful falls, across the bridge, it is mostly paved til you reach the parking lot.


12/29/2010
0

Nice hike to the falls and back. The Path was iced over in a lot of spots, but I can't complain, it was the 29th of December. I would like to do it again in the summer months.



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