Laurel Run Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Laurel Run Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Church Hill, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.3 miles 726 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The hiking trails are incredible. There are 37.5 miles of trails in conjunction with Bays Mountain Park, and they feature such things as: an overlook, old homesteads, an unfinished cabin and smoke house, and three waterfalls. Set along the beautiful and serene Holston River, this 440 acre park was the backdrop for the 1984 movie, The River, starring Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek. After the conclusion of the movie the property was ceded to Hawkins County. And then, the journey began to turn this rugged farmland into the extraordinary park we have today.

hiking
21 days ago

Great little hike

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Great hike, there were a lot of things to explore

2 months ago

It's very peaceful and beautiful place

4 months ago

Moderate hike to the cascade waterfall along the creek. There were a few wildflowers. We went beyond the waterfall on the trail toward Bays Mountain about a mile. The trail leaves the creek at a cutback not far after a second cascade. Saw some old farmhouses along the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little 2 mile trek to and from your car. A small but perfect waterfall is about a mile up the trail for you to cool off in. It's great for all ages

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Quick and easy hike. Just one small creek you have to cross and it's almost impossible to not get your feet wet. Kids will love this trail especially since there's a playground at Laurel Run park.

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful, not too hard or too long.

hiking
6 months ago

Scenic and a pretty simple hike

hiking
6 months ago

Visited in March, easy walk up an old service road to the first two falls. Pretty views of the river and plenty of cascades too. Be forewarned road is not gravel, was very muddy and slippery. Looking forward to revisiting and seeing the other falls and heading into Bays

6 months ago

6 months ago

Visited laurel run park in March, old service road most of the way up but not gravel, may be pretty muddy and slick depending on recent weather. easy incline up to the first two falls, which are small but very pretty. plenty of pretty cascades the whole way too. Look forward to going back for the other falls and plan to go into Bays

9 months ago

Have hiked this trail several times in each season. It's a great quick getaway. The fall is nice and there are three more accessible falls you can hike to on above the main fall

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked this trail with my three sons (9,7,5). They loved the waterfalls and the abandoned shacks along the trail. We went about two miles out and back. A nice, easy trail, well marked though it gets a little narrower as you get more into the Bay Mountain area. The camping and playground in the park are also really nice.

hiking
1 year ago

Not a bad trail. Fairly easy to reach the first two falls, slight incline, a creek crossing and some rocks. The third set of falls, Logger Falls, is a little more challenging to reach. Basically, you rock hop all the way to the falls but its well worth the hike. Only other issue I had is the trails are poorly marked and the signs have been removed

hiking
2 years ago

Nice easy creek trail for the quick day-trip with family. Several small waterfalls and rock ledges along the creek make for a scenic hike. Old, creepy cabins are scattered along the trail which my dog was quite interested in exploring. Park is very well kept. Will go back for sure!

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail for waterfalls and wild flowers and there are many old cabins and buildings beyond the falls. You can see three falls within a mile of the trail head at the parking lot. Last year I hiked this trail all the way to the Nature Center in Bay's Mountain and back for a 12 mile round trip. I can't believe this trail wasn't added until now. Its free entry to the park and if you like fishing the park has about a mile of Holston River bank. You do have to cross Laurel Run Creek so be prepared to get your feet wet or show some agility on the rocks and logs to get across dry.