Laurel Falls and Cove Mountain

MODERATE 139 reviews

Laurel Falls and Cove Mountain is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.9 miles 2028 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

Moderate hike with breathtaking views. Geology is very much a part of this hike, notice the interesting rock formations. These rock formations are called Anakeesta, Cherokee for place of Balsams. This type of very porous sandstone is the foundation of the crest of the Smokies. It can "soak" up rain and ground water and is pulverized into powder when it freezes. This is how Arch Rock was formed and explains the rock formations and the gritty trail. At approximately 2 miles a small side trail to the left leads to an interesting overlook on a heath bald. Inspiration point has a great view of Newfound Gap and the sandstone that makes up this mountain range. After leaving the "Bluff" the trail descends to a small saddle, a nice relief from climbing. The views through the trees to the right are beautiful. The trail becomes steep from here to the lodge. As you reach the top of the trail you are greeted with a Boreal Forest, more common in England.Since 1925 there has been a lodging facility here for hardy.

hiking
1 month ago

Low water flow due to drought. Nice hike. Beginner trail.

1 month ago

The was a nice hike to the Falls with very lovely view of the mountains. There were two waterfalls when we got there. One fall you will have to find a way down holding to the limbs but it's worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail to a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked past Laurel Falls and up to the peak of Cove Mountain. The first ~1.5 miles to Laurel Falls is mostly uphill but is well maintained with a paved trail. Once you pass Laurel Falls (and 95% of the people you will see) the additional ~3 miles up to the top of Cove Mountain are mostly a continual moderate uphill hike through forest. No overlooks really on the way up or at the top. At the end of the trail you will reach the Cove Mountain Trail, there you can take a left and continue for 0.1 miles to reach a fire tower that is closed to hikers and is now used as a pollution monitoring station. Continuing to the peak is more for people who just want to summit the mountain. Plan for ~5 hours roundtrip at a moderate pace.

1 month ago

1 month ago

The Trail was very crowded and the falls were minimal. Good first hike for young children or people who have limits on mobility, but for a experienced hiker, I would suggest skipping this one.

walking
2 months ago

Plenty to explore! A lot of people there, sort of took away from the peace.

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4 months ago

way to crowded. the path while paved could use some renovation. not a bad walk. not stroller or wheelchair friendly.

hiking
5 months ago

Paved but paving is in a poor state, saw a few people with strollers who looked like they seriously regretted the decision. Falls were pretty with pools to cool off in if you wanted. Saw two bears. Very busy though! Views were decent.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing. Heavily traveled trail with park rangers spaced out on the trail. A must see if you are in the park. Saw dozens of wild turkeys and thankfully no bears.

7 months ago

The falls are beautiful! We hiked to the old Fire tower and back (9.8 miles total). The trail past the falls is a nice single track. Views weren't great, it was a cloudy rainy day. I'd hike to the falls again but not to the top.

7 months ago

This was a great hike, moderate trail, very nice waterfall at the end.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Always a good hike. Much better in the off peak season when you can enjoy the serenity of the outdoors without the crowd.

8 months ago

Easy stroll. Great views.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike & the falls are gorgeous! Only downside is it gets VERY congested. Go early to avoid crowds. On a positive note, we passed families with kids of all ages, even in strollers. Trail to the falls is paved the majority of the way (fairly steep).

8 months ago

Pretty scenic hike and the falls are pretty cool too. I would recommend going early to avoid the crowds, I went and it was a bit crowded. But very easy and fun hike!