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rocky
18 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall at the end. The trail offers its fair share of tree roots and rocks. Definitely make sure you have one adult per child under 5. We took a couple of three year olds that needed to be carried in spots. The five year olds were fine, but reckless abandonment will have consequences with the steep falls off the sides of the trail. This will go down on our list as a reasonably quick in and out to take family and friends to that are in town visiting.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail in great shape. One of my favorite hikes. I will say this it is straight up. 46 degrees at the parking lot and ice and snow in spots near the end of the trail. If you aren’t in at least average shape you should avoid this hike.

Amazing hike! It’s not too long of a hike and it’s on a paved trail with dirt trails coming and going from it. The falls are amazing and your able to get right up too them. There’s a upper and lower fall. You can get down to the lower part but you have to be careful with the rocks! Beautiful views!

2/3 of the way is pretty basic. The last 1/3 was more fun. Stepping through and over more creeks, trees, rocks. The terrain became more intense. Once I reached the waterfall, the temperature had dropped and the rocks were iced over. It was beautiful, very private and reclusive.

Moderate hike; Falls were beautiful

Really not terribly difficult, the stair portions are the hardest since they are quite the incline (calves and quads will feel it). The rest of the trail is moderate incline the whole way. The view at the top is pretty good but as of recently the last part of the trail has been closed, which is where the good view is.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a beautiful trail, kid friendly. Short with some elevation gain. The waterfalls make it all worth it, we spent about an hour taking pictures and splashing in the pool at the bottom.

Waterfall is best part no surprise but hike is busy because it’s paved with all levels able to enjoy it. Mostly tree high Mountain View

hiking
8 days ago

It's a nice looking (though not very dramatic) water fall at the top of a fairly large ascent. The trail is easy in the sense that it's well paved, without any rocks to climb over. Just keep in mind that you are basically walking a ramp to the equivalency of the top of a thirty foot building.

It was great to see, along with all of the other folks hanging out up there, but I don't feel the need to ever return.

very easy hike I walked a 2 year old anyone could do it beautiful trail nice view

on Laurel Falls Trail

14 days ago

Very nice hike, very busy even though we went early. The waterfall is smaller than imagined but very nice area to sit and take the view in.

hiking
14 days ago

One of my first hikes!

Hiked this trail in mid October. Its a very pretty hike and definitely isnt too difficult. The top can get pretty muddy and youll either have to accept that you may need to throw away your shoes or try hard to straddle to the sides of the path to avoid the mud. My friend got his shoe pulled right off of his foot by stepping in too deep of mud. Otherwise I'd highly recommend this trail!

Beautiful flaming azaleas on the bald!

hiking
17 days ago

nice hike! definitely was a work out! I would start your day with this hike then maybe head to another trail after. beautiful views!

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike on the way to Mt LeConte. Falls were gorgeous and you're able to walk behind them. Went on a Monday in December so there were no worries of crowds whatsoever.

hiking
18 days ago

The trail is an incline until you reach the falls. The falls are spectacular! Very worth the trip. The trail is paved but it is not appropriate for strollers/ wheelchairs/etc. The paving isn't smooth. There are some steep drop-offs directly beside the trail as you near the falls (and at the falls) so be very careful with children. The trail was busy the day I went. I think it normally is, but it wasn't crowded to the point that it detracted from enjoying the day. Love this trail!

Loved the hike, definitely one I would do again! Beautiful view at the end.

beautiful hike with an awesome waterfall

Very challenging but rewarding as well. We do it almost Everytime we come to Gatlinburg.

Great, quick hike with accessible falls at the end. High water when we hiked and appreciated waterproof footwear.

hiking
21 days ago

Probably the most people I've seen on one single trail! Falls are nice and don't worry, they're will be someone to take your picture when you get there!

We loved this trail. The falls are beautiful. The trail is rocky with roots in several areas. I have a bad knee and was able to do this trail with out issue just had to take it slow in a few areas. We will visit this trail again.

Great trail. If you’re taking kids, I’d suggest having one adult per child under 5yrs to keep one hand on them and/or to carry them. The narrow, rocky terrain isn’t terribly safe for little hikers.

Beautiful!!! From road to tower is 0.9 miles. Great hike for families and dogs

Very heavy foot traffic. It’s about a mile to the falls and a mile back. Super easy hike and one to do with family/kids. It gets narrow as you come to the end, but nothing that isn’t manageable. The fall was pretty, but hard to enjoy because you practically had to wait in line to get to it, and so many people were crowded in a small place that it was almost dangerous. If I were to go back I would definitely go early. We had to park about half a mile from where the trail starts. There were some great spots to take pictures along the way though. It’s definitely a hike for all skill levels.

hiking
28 days ago

The Falls themselves are beautiful with some nice views along the way. Expect there to be people if you’re looking to get your picture taken.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trailhead was closed when we attempted on 12/15/18.
I believe you can get to this trail by starting on the Rainbow Falls trailhead and branching off to the left for the Grotto Falls trail, but it’ll tack on another couple miles to your hike.
We ended up taking the Rainbow Falls trail instead since it was the same distance.

Worth the hike up the mountain. The water fall was gorgeous and refreshing to see after the walk. Breathtaking views of the mountain from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Very difficult at sections (it was snow capped and iced over) in sections near the waterways, from the recent snow melt. Some challenges upward but worth the efforts when you reach the observation platform.

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