Laurel Falls Trail (GSMNP)

  • Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hiking

Dogs No

Waterfall

Fall Foliage

2.6 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~325 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

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Laurel Falls Trail is an easy kid friendly day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that features a magnificent waterfall. The park says "Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. The waterfall consists of an upper and a lower section, divided by a walkway which crosses the stream at the base of the upper falls. " Just a heads up, this is one of the most popular trails in an incredibly popular National Park. If solitude is what you seek, look elsewhere. This trail is a great choice for hikers with small kids, however make sure to get to the parking area early! There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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