Hike through the Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness
Tennessee › The Laurel-Snow Trailhead
Added by Clare Healy
Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness is exploding with trails, creeks, waterfalls, and steep gorges, perfect for hikers, climbers, photographers, and campers alike.
The Laurel-Snow Trail was the first National Recreation Trail designated in Tennessee and at just under 35 miles from downtown Chattanooga, it is perfect for a day hike, for a day of climbing, or for setting up basecamp for the weekend. The 2,000 acre area sits along the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and offers a plethora of trails to explore.
The area is named after the two waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80 ft) and Snow Falls (35 ft). The first 1.5 miles is fairly flat and hugs the boulder-strewn Richland Creek, passing blue holes, an abandoned coal mine area, a reservoir, and more. The trail then veers up to the right to the 50-foot bridge, which is currently damaged but not necessary for crossing to the creek. The trail then forks with Snow Falls to the left and the larger, Laurel Falls to the right.
Albeit poorly marked at points, the trail to Laurel Fall is a beautiful one, snaking through gorges, foliage, and boulders. You’ll land at the base of the falls, finding plenty of room to roam and climb around the falls. Plan on getting wet from the copious spray created by the volume of water splashing down from above.
Parking lot coordinates:
N35 31.566 W85 01.310
- Day pack
- Trail shoes
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