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."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy , Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
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