Flat Laurel Creek

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Flat Laurel Creek is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Canton, NC that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking.

4.3 miles 524 feet Out & Back


mountain biking




A very easy trail from NC-215 up to the Forest Service parking area at Black Balsam Mountain. The overall elevation gain is very modest over the length of the trail, and there are some beautiful views to the west and also of Sam's Knob.

1 month ago

Great trail! Gradual ascent and beautiful cover! Nice waterfalls.

2 months ago

Loved it! Berries, flowers and waterfalls...easy trail!

2 months ago

August 5, my wife and I hiked this 5 mile total in and back trail. Slight climb in but not hard. Very nice falls at the top. Tough climb down to the bottom of the falls but doable. Very little laurel left. Blackberries and blueberries. 60 - 65 degrees in the morning. Mostly covered with canopy. Would be beautiful in June, a lot of laurel. Will hike this again!

3 months ago

wonderful scenic trail near the Shining Rock Wilderness.

4 months ago

Awesome trail!

6 months ago

Beautiful hike along Laurel Creek. Lots of camping spots and enjoyed the Cascades and 2 Waterfalls.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike next to Laurel Creek. Lots of camping spots - enjoyed the Cascades & 2 Waterfalls

Beautiful vistas almost every step of the way. Easy. Bring some water and bear repellant and enjoy!

1 year ago

Great hike with great campsites along the creek! Only about an hour hike to shady campsites, then another hour (moderate to strenuous) up to the bald. Beautiful view!

2 years ago

This is a great trail for anyone looking for an easy hike up in the SHining Rock Wilderness area. If you hike from west to east, you leave from the trailhead just off NC-215 and hike up towards Black Balsam Mtn. The elevation change is very gradual, and there are some spectacular views, especially in fall and winter.

4 years ago

Yes, this was an easy hike, but don't be put off by that! The scenery was great with several waterfalls and points of access to the creek. I admit I almost didn't do this one but I am very glad I did. From the Parking Lot heading west it is a steady decline, which means the trip back is an incline. Not that big a deal, but some might want to be aware of that. Because of previous days of rain, the trail was a bit soggy, but not too bad. Again, this is a delightful trail and one I will be trying to get back to.