Laurel Creek Loop Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, TN that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Laurel Creek divides this peaceful rolling terrain Your hike begins on the Schoolhouse Gap Trail a road originally built to travel into NC through Spence Field. At 1.1mi intersection w/Turkeypen Ridge Trail turn left(for the 900 milers continue1.1 mi to end of trail and return here to continue loop).At 3.3mi you cross a peaceful prong of Pinkroot Branch.At 4.7mi you intersect with Crib Gap Trail continue to right to Laurel Creek Road.Cross road to Lead Cove Trailhead.This is the tough part of the hike as you gain over 1500' in under 2 miles.Look for bear scat on this trail as it caters to bears in the spring, summer & fall.At 6.5mi you intersect w/ Bote Mtn Trail, great lunch spot w/ winter views of the AT and Spence Field.From here head north toward Finley Cane Trail.The trail levels out as you walk on top of a ridgeline before heading down Bote Mtn.9mi you intersect w/ Finley Cane Trail but continue on Bote Mtn Trail.Short distance later intersect w/ West prong Trail but continue on Bote Mtn Trail to Laurel Creek Road
great hike. we hiked whole loop and followed the trail the whole time, it clocked us at 12.4 miles.
there was long incline for at least hour or more up hill all the way, once we reached top it flattened for just a while before going down hill. the down hill was like walking in river bed, alot of rocks.
This was part of a larger loop we did. Very nice trail. Nice views and the canopy keeps you out of the sun in the summer. Great for the family vacationing in the area or for anyone wanting to get out on a moderate/easy hike to enjoy the outdoors.
My wife and I recently hiked this trail and we both enjoyed it. It was easy with no steep sections. Would enjoy this as a hike from any direction you want to go.
We did this hike in May of 2012. We added 3.2 more miles by hiking the Crib Gap trail along with this hike. There was some nice areas and we ended up seeing two bears. One was on Crib Gap and the other on Turkey Pen. There was very little elevation change throughout the hike and we would rate it as moderate.
Eric and Karen
Victoria 'Vicki' Q.
This trail is really nice. Not steep, just enough ups and downs to enjoy. I've done this trail in the Fall and Springtime. It is a nice trail if you are just getting started with hiking, Good amount of miles, but not demanding.