Laurel Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Waterfall, Rhodedendrons, Mountain Views, Rock Formations This is a great hike along the Laurel Fork of Doe River leading to a beautiful waterfall. It also runs with the AT for part of its length. The trail is in good shape along most of its length, but there are a few rough spots where mountain runoff has cut into the trail. These places can get very muddy if it has rained recently. The trail also has a short section where you have to climb over rocks along the side of the river. The trail will seem to end, but there are two white blazes on a large boulder that show you where to go. The trail over the rocks isn't difficult, but it is along a river, so watch out if you have children or small dogs with you. They may need help climbing up or down some of the rocks. The only down side to this trail is that it can get very crowded. In late spring or during the fall when the leaves change, there can be 30-40 people out on a weekend. If you have a dog that you like to hike with off lead, avoid these crowded times.
One of my favorite waterfall trails. I took the longer five mile round trip from Hampton TN and Rt. 321 (as opposed to the route in from Dennis Cove Road). It is much easier to get to this trailhead. The trail follows the scenic Laurel Fork for most of the way to the falls, with much of it on the Appalachian Trail. I had the added benefit of hiking earlier this year on a beautiful April day with lots of blooming wildflowers. There are a few rocky spots, but nothing too difficult. And the falls itself is stunning...and a spectacular place to take a lunch break!
Great hike, some tricky rocky parts but overall a perfectly moderate hike. Good for dogs, not for kids.
Lots to see and a good amount of challenge for an adventurous dog. Waterfall water was cold on a warm day in early September.
This is such a great day hike!!
Great day hike!
If you are looking for a moderately easy waterfall hike near the Tri-Cities, I couldn't think of a better one then Laurel Falls! It's fairly easy to get to and well worth the effort, however I've always seen a lot of people here at this one so if you are looking for something that doesn't have a lot of foot traffic this one might not be for you.
best trail I've been on
Great trail! Take the far left entrance from Dennis Cove north bound on the A.T. to get to Laurel Falls and bring swimming trunks.
I took my 10 year old and my 14 year old on this hike from the Hampton entrance. It was an easy walk until the last half mile or so. We followed the signs for the Falls and it took us over some very rocky terrain, including some slippery rocks overhanging the water. The kids loved it, because it felt more adventurous than a typical walk in the woods. The Falls themselves were glorious, very secluded (we were there on a Friday morning), and as my 10 year old said, "totally worth it!" We left by climbing straight up the rock steps toward the Laurel Fork shelter, but we all decided it seemed longer and much more exhausting than our original path. Overall, a great hike!