Laurel Falls Loop Trail

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

Elevation Gain232ft
Trailhead Elevation1,793ft
Elevation Min/Max1692/1800ft
Elevation Start/End1793/1793ft

Laurel Falls Loop Trail

Laurel Falls Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 1,793 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 232 feet. The Stone Door Ranger Station ranger station is near the trailhead.

Laurel Falls Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short loop descends to an overlook of Laurel Falls, where Laurel Creek drops 25 feet into a pool below a lip of rock with a hollowed-out amphitheater behind. At the site of the Laurel Mill, you’ll see foundation stones from a mill that once operated creekside using water for power, at separate times perhaps grinding grain and cutting lumber."

"This trail can be used to form loop hikes. The Laurel Trail forms a 7.0-mile loop with the Stone Door and Big Creek Rim Trails and a 7.8-mile loop with the Stone Door and Big Creek Gulf Trails. Camping is available at the Stone Door Camp Area (near the ranger station) and at the Alum Gap Camp Area, at the intersection with the Big Creek Gulf and Big Creek Rim Trails."

"This short walk leaves the Stone Door ranger station of Savage Gulf State Natural Area, then descends past the site of an old gristmill before reaching the 25-foot curtain fall as it pours over rockhouse into a boulder jumble. Enjoy the tumbler from a viewing platform before looping back up to the ranger station. Visitors who stumble onto the out-of-the-way Stone Door Ranger Station at Savage Gulf State Natural Area will often take this short path down to Laurel Falls.

You pick up the trail at the ranger station, quickly passing the Laurel Trail while on the Laurel Falls Loop. Descend to a short spur to an old gristmill site. Here, you can see remains
of the mill dam, where locals once ground corn for flour. It is just a short jaunt from the mill site to Laurel Falls. Laurel Falls nosedives off a stone lip into a semicircular
amphitheater with a huge rockhouse. The rock jumble and steep terrain make accessing the base of the falls difficult."

Laurel Falls Loop Trail Reviews

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Great short trail. Easy and mostly level. Great for a family hike.
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Yawn. Not much to see on this very flat very easy trail. This was my last trail to complete all the savage gulf trails.This would be a good trail to combine with other harder trails and could easily be combined with big creek fall,big creek rim or as part of greeter trail.
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Awesome view at the bottom. Very steep, the kids in our group made it find, the olders ones had issues on the way back up.
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Nice trail with a good waterfall. East dificulty.

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Trail Information

South Cumberland Recreation Area
Nearby City
South Cumberland Recreation Area
South Cumberland State Park, 11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356, (931) 924-2980,
Local Contacts
Savage Gulf; USGS Altamont
Local Maps

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Oct 2018