Hike to Laurel Falls

Tennessee Laurel Falls Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    314 Feet

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Bear spray
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To get to the falls it's a paved up hill climb and you can even hike passed the falls but that isn't paved. People were swimming at the bottom of the falls so if you're hot from the walk up that is available here. There was a lot of wildlife on this hiking trail. On my hike I encountered bear, snakes, and some chipmunks. I recommend going on this one.

2 months ago
2 months ago

As others have stated, the trail is easy, paved the whole way, and the climb is gradual. It is a crowded hike, but if you arrive early (as in 7am) or are willing to hike it in the rain, chances are you'll encounter very few people.

5 months ago
5 months ago

It was a nice little leg stretcher. Very easy, kid friendly

11 months ago
11 months ago

Very easy trail. Paved the whole way until you get to the actual waterfall, but covered beautifully by the woods and steep edges of cliffs. Usually can spot bears! Falls are really cool but usually very crowded.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The paved trail and short distance makes this hike particularly attractive to visitors and thus the area is often crowded. Worth the stop -- great falls to explore!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Beautiful hike! The falls are a must see.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Allison HerreidExplorer

Minnesotan in New Hampshire | Grad student at UNH | Instagram: @allisonherreid

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