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Beautiful drive! The directions from this app take you to the end so google map it. Lots of places to stop! Gorgeous!

Great trail for an easy nature walk and to get your steps in. From visitor center, it was 4 miles round trip.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Love it. Paved trail can be slick in spots. Water fall was awesome. On the way back saw a young bear.

Pleasant hike for everyone!

hiking
9 days ago

Great walk and beautiful falls. When the reviews say “heavily trafficked” they aren’t joking. It’s almost too busy to walk it but once you navigate around the people, it’s nice.

Fully paved walkway with a great prize at the end of the trail. There is a nice resting spot with a bench and a view at the .7 mile marker. shortly after this the trail levels out and depends slightly.

Nice but high volume of traffic.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail for our family with small children. Easy enough for young hikers but with enough trail features to create several teachable moments. We will definitely visit again!

It had been raining & it made it (the falls) all the more beautiful. Beautiful walking through the woods. All uphill the first 1.3 and then down hill back.

hiking
14 days ago

More people than water on this one. Was disappointed with the falls, particularly given how crowded it was. One or two nice overlooks on the way up...but main take away was either come early or late, or just spend time on other longer/harder trails to avoid people.

hiking
14 days ago

Paved but please leave your strollers as its not smooth and it might be crowded. In fact, the trail was disgustingly crowded when I went. Nice quick trail if you can go at a time where you can avoid the crowds.

Decent, short trail. Paved but a lot of the paved area has been eroded and can be broken in areas. The falls is worth it in the end. Heavy foot traffic and expect people in your pictures.

Great little fall...even saw a yearling bear on the way back (luckily there were volunteers directing ignorant tourists away from it). The bad part and why I would not do it again unless someone with me really really wanted to is the # of people. Go early! Was ok on my way up but on the way down it was super crowded. I went past the falls and hiked a bit too, which no one really goes past there so that was nice (unpaved path). Is a good waterfall for those that want to see one that is easier to access. Difficult to get decent pics though because of all the people. I went around 9:30 am so I would say go at 7ish am and you’d have better luck.

Easy hike , with very nice waterfall, heavily travelled

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful hike, the way is paved. Go as early as you can to beat the rush of people and possibly see the bears! We took children ages 2-12 they did great! Ok for the elderly if you can go at their pace. Area of Viewing the waterfall is stunning, but dangerous! Be careful near the Falls!

Easy walk with moderate elevation gain. Could be disappointing if you’re looking for a traditional hike, but fun if you’re just trying to get the family into the woods for a bit or if you need wheeled access. For example, there’s an asphalt path all the way to the waterfall. It was extremely crowded on a Saturday, but hardly anyone went past the waterfall where the trail turns to a soft surface.

Beautiful scenery!

Nice lil hike! Gradual incline up to falls. Saw a bear off the side

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable hike, nice waterfall.

Fairly easy hike with nice waterfall as a reward. Would definitely recommend.

Nice little hike. Trail is pretty much up uphill all the way. It's a nice steady incline all the way. The fall is very nice. you can climb down to the small pool at the base of the fall. I would recommend this to everyone. My wife has a heart condition and she made it without taking a break. Carry a bottle of water just to stay hydrated anytime you hike.

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

great trail and a lot to see. loved the old farm house and barn.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

scenic driving
1 month 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.

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