Hike to Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Allison Herreid

An easy through hike to Laurel Mountain and an 80-foot waterfall...no big deal! Go for sunrise or sunset to avoid the decent sized crowds, especially on the weekends.

This straightforward but scenic hike follows a paved trail to the falls, which is among the most popular in the park.

This trail can be especially crowded during the summer, so make sure to arrive early. Keep an eye out for a few steep drop-offs to either side of the trail, along the way. There have also been black bear sightings in this area.


2.3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

314 ft Gain






Nearby Lodging

From $194/night

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Townsend / Great Smokies KOA

Townsend, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg KOA

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The perfect hike for families

Laurel Falls is a fun and easy hike for families, the elderly and those who want to see some decent views of the mountains and a waterfall. Beware, this hike is extremely crowded so I highly recommend you begin in the early morning or late afternoon. There is plenty of parking near the trailhead and the trail can be completed in about 60 minutes round-trip. It is also stroller friendly, well-marked and well-paved.

Great Hike!

Really cool hike to do in the winter when it is all frozen.

Loved it!

Loved this hike! We were new to hiking but overall a pretty active family. We had no trouble at all on this hike and even made the climb to the bottom of the fall. Kids ages 8, 10, 11, 12. It was a little crowded. Would go earlier in the day next time.


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