Hike to Laurel Falls

Sevierville, Tennessee

4.3/5
based on 12 reviews

Details

Distance

2.45 miles

Elevation Gain

314 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Allison Herreid

Laurel Falls Trail is an easy hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 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, yet 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 be sure to arrive early. Keep an eye out for a few steep drop-offs on either side of the trail along the way. There have also been black bear sightings in this area.

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Features

Hiking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
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Reviews

This is a great hike regardless of the crowds.

Another wonderful hike in GSMNP! Beautiful scenery. Easy hike!

GSMNP has so many Cascades and waterfalls, but this is my favorite. Mainly because of the “tiered” nature of these falls. You can splash or play in between them. But be careful, the rocks are slick. People have fallen here.

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.

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.

Moderately trafficked, easy trail. Paved, as others have said. My advice would be to use the kid carrier for little ones instead of a stroller. Pavement is narrow and eroded in some places. 2.5 year old did the hike on his own.

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.

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.

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

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.

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