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.
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."
--Johnny Molloy , Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll, Hiking Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
Thanks for the update Andy. I verified you are correct. I will update this trail right now and have Trails.com editors check the other trails in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I will also let Falcon Publishing know. Their guides still show that dogs on leash are allowed.
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