Hike to Laurel Fork Falls

Dennis Cove Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Elyse Clark

This is a short and easy hike along the Appalachian Trail to a gorgeous 55 ft. waterfall.

From Hampton, Tennessee, take US-321S for about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Dennis Cove Road and travel for 4 miles on this steep and very curvy mountain road.  The trailhead is where the Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses the road at a small gravel lot on the left. 

Take the AT north on the trail leading out the left side of the gravel parking area.  For about a mile the trail will follow an old rail bed and is fairly flat.  There will be three bridges you will cross (two are quite small), and you will also enter the Pond Mountain Wilderness. 

After 1.0 miles along the rail bed, the trail turns sharply left and loses a lot of elevation in a short time as you walk on rocky steps down to the falls. 

Once at the falls there is a lot of room to spread out and soak it in.  To return to your car, retrace your steps back south on the AT.  


2.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

600 ft Gain




Fitness, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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Beautiful Falls!

Great hike! Took three kids along ages 5, 5, and 3. The hike for the first half mile or so was pretty flat and easy. But then things got a bit dicey (especially for my 3 year old) as we walked down the rocky trail to the falls. For the most part it was still relatively easy if you take your time. Kids had a blast down by the water finding bugs and critters. Will definitely go down again later in the summer when the water is a bit warmer, the kids were dying to get in.

Winter Hike

Did this hike with my wife and 6 year old son during winter with snow in the ground. Beautiful nice hike great trail.

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