Falls of Upper Laurel Fork

Johnson City, Tennessee 37602

Falls of Upper Laurel Fork

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike up a wild valley, making multiple fords to view a pair of lesservisited waterfalls. Start your trek at Dennis Cove Campground; then work your way deep into upper Laurel Fork. It won’t be long before you make the fi rst of 12 creek crossings. Th ese fords, doable at average summer water levels, keep the crowds out, allowing solitude not found on lower Laurel Fork. After a mile, reach Dennis Cove Falls, a two-tiered cataract with a big pool. Continuing up the valley, you pass through the open meadows of Frog Level. A fi nal push into the narrowing gorge brings you to Upper Laurel Fork Falls, a frothing torrent of whitewater crashing into a rocky defi le."

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Trail Information

Johnson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Pisgah National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Watauga Dam, Whiterocks Mountain
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