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Nice, easy trail that nearly everyone can do and be rewarded with a gorgeous site at the end. Only challenge is avoiding the crowds :(

hiking
22 hours ago

Nice walk. Falls small but pretty.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice short hike. I imagine it would be even better with less of a crowd.

hiking
3 days ago

Bring a towel and a swim suit the pool at the base of the falls was very fun to play in! A really fun trail that is a little challenging especially closer to the falls. This trail offers stunning views of not only a large waterfall but a view of the surrounding valley at different places alone the route. I went in early August and it was very crowded but there was plenty of room to pass large groups and also plenty of places to rest going up/coming down.

on Laurel Falls Trail

hiking
3 days ago

It’s mostly paved trail, not quite as exciting.

Pretty cool short hike. Overgrown in parts with limited views. Falls were awesome. The trail does continue past the trail, but we turned around because the views didn’t open up very much after the falls either.

Great little mostly paved trail. Killer views near the top. Watch for bears, though.

scenic driving
5 days ago

Beautiful, easy drive! We loved the falls on the side of the road. We went at about 5 pm and found very little traffic. The directions definitely take you to the “out” end of the drive! We would definitely take this drive again.

Great hike! The trail is black top and is very easy. We hiked on a Sunday early afternoon and it was very crowded. The falls are beautiful but there were at least 75-100 people there. We continued past the falls. The black top ended and so did the crowds. On the way back we saw a very young black bear cub. Beautiful day and views.

Love driving this motor trail. There’s so much scenery and places to pull over to walk around and see the waterfalls and a few old historical buildings. Also Ely’s Mill at the end is a must visit.

hiking
6 days ago

Okay hike. Completely paved, which can be nice but also less exciting. There were tons of people there when we went but understandably so: the falls were gorgeous! There is even a little path to talk to get a lower vantage point of the falls.

Worth every step!

Great hike! We hiked it with our young children and got to see two bears!

This is a paved trail, great views just very busy in the summer

hiking
7 days ago

Easy hike but very busy

Great easy hike!!!

hiking
9 days ago

Got there by 9 AM and parked easily. Easy hike but rained the entire way back. Great waterfall and saw a Bear cub on the trail on the way back.

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
9 days ago

The day I went it was super muddy and slippery so definitely be careful coming back down!

Great drive through GSM.

That said, I’d avoid this during busy times...

Nice hike, great double falls at the top. Parking is sparse so go early.

hiking
13 days ago

Wonderful, easy hike! We chose this as our family hike as my mother-in-law has a bad knee and we had three kids in tow. Beautiful scenic views and the waterfall at the end was awesome! My 6yo enjoyed playing in it! Definitely not a challenge by any means but still a lovely hike!

hiking
14 days ago

longer than it feels. many roots. parking is bare and may hike further to the t.h. than on the hike. go early

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful! Resident bear encountered. Can’t wait to go, again!

Easy hike, cool views. Only downside was it was horribly crowded and had to park a mile away

Amazing very beautiful waterfall took my grandson he is 8 and he loved it will be doing this trail again

I loved this trail, the views were great and the trail was nicely paved however, it is an uphill climb that may be hard for some as it can be steep. Definitely worth the climb!

I'm giving the trail 3 stars because I'm unsure if I'm just being bitter. I was already pretty annoyed for having to park about a mile down the mountain from the trailhead because there were so many cars but I wanted to do the hike so no worries. I thought the waterfall was mediocre and over crowded and I was disappointed there were no mountain views. However, I travelled here from Pennsylvania and was extremely excited to hike the iconic smokey mountains and this was my first hike and I was just disappointed, I remember thinking I'd rather be home hiking for a large portion of the time. Again, I might just be bitter! I loved the plants and wild life; many lovely ferns, mosses and butterflies!!

Great hike this morning. This was my first hike ever and I’m looking forward to going on more.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a great hike, with a neat waterfall at the end. If you want to avoid a crowd, don’t go in the middle of a beautiful weekend day, like we did.

Hiked this today as a very out-of-shape 30 week's pregnant "beginner", and would agree that the trail is easy-moderate, and I loved it overall! It is nice and short, which is why I chose it, but the first 3/4 is quite an incline for someone of my health condition, and I had to be extra cautious about the many protruding roots and slippery rocks (after rain), especially coming back down. No complaints, though! The falls are a lovely 15 degrees cooler (about) right behind, and worth it! The kids LOVED it!! Get there early for better parking options.

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