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Great hike! Easy trail. Lots of beautiful cascades. Make sure to take a camera. Nice foot bridge at one crossing. Second crossing is rock hopping. If you're adventurous go up the hill to the right of the falls. There is a small path following the river. Lots of water crossings, a little rock climbing and you will find a two tiered falls in a small canyon. Well worth the extra hike. It is a rough hike to these second falls, not for the feint of heart. Hard core waterfallers hike on.

Probably the most beautiful trail in the area! I went three days ago and the trail was lined with gorgeous wildflowers, mossy rocks, and all the while you can gear and see the stream along your route. The trail does get very rocky in places and has a few stream crossings but nothing too difficult. The trail ends in a canyon with the waterfall cascading down to a pool. My dog loved swimming there, and it's an absolutely breathtaking spot.

Beautiful hike with a rewarding waterfall at the end!

8 days ago

From Hampton trailhead, if you want a loop near the end of the trail and just before the falls, continue along trail [bypassing the initial decent] up to the AT. Continue along the trail for 10 to 15 minutes until the stone stairway trail [on the right] down to the falls, from there follow Laurel Falls trail back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail, amazing stone stairs and a beautiful water fall.

9 days ago

Wow...moderate maxed out!

Did this one 4-13-18 it was a great hike difficult on the way back it was a steady steep climb until almost to the end ! The waterfall was beautiful!! Worth the climb!

I love this trail. I’ve hiked it in all seasons of the year. I don’t recommend it during icy/snowy weather because your hike on rocks can be pretty slick at times. There is a small water crossing, but there are rocks placed across that are almost always above the surface. There are multiple mini falls along the trail as well as the large one. There’s also a couple steep trails on either side of the main waterfall you can climb up.

It's a beautiful hike but I'n rating a 3 just because the forest is mostly completely charred, and very little wildlife. It's eerie, quiet, and kind of sad. The payoff is nice, and the trail is very little trafficked.

very easy. great for kids. beautiful falls.

23 days ago

Fairly short trail but with a nice payoff at the end. The falls at the end are truly impressive and worth the hike. You are on a gravel road for about 0.75 miles and then another 0.7 to the falls. Kind of rocky at the end, so not good for folks with poor shoes or mobility issues. You are beside a roaring creek most of the way, so that makes for a lovely sound. You have to make one creek crossing, so if the water is running high, you may have to get a little wet to get across. We had no trouble crossing, and it had rained two days before.

25 days ago

If you were to look up the word "leisurely" this would definitely not be the definition of it. But besides the challenges of rocky terrain and steep climbs this is a very rewarding hike with an even more rewarding view once you summit.

26 days ago

Great conditions, hiked on 3/27 with 4, 8, 9, and 12 year olds. You need to watch the little ones in parts. There are very steep drop offs. The waterfall at the end is beautiful and the trail crosses the middle of it.

Do not even attempt to bring a stroller. We saw a few folks with umbrella strollers and it was a bad idea.

1 month ago

Awesome trail. We choose to hike it during the rainy season. The national forestry closes the road during the rainy season. This makes for a much much longer hike that starts at the bottom of the mountain. Still an amazing hike. We plan to go again when the flowers are in bloom.

Great hike. Will definitely do again when the water is lower.

Fun hike, stairs are worth the climb, in and out, to see the waterfall!

beautiful in the snow

A pretty strenuous trail but the view is spectacular. The trail can be muddy and features large loose rocks which can make the climb a little tougher. A great trail to hike since it’s so close to Sylva, and grabbing a beer after at Innovation brewing is a must!

1 month ago

This hike is a hidden gem. Top notch photography location. Hike gets a little rough toward main falls. Lots of loose rock. Wear good boots.

1 month ago

One of the best trails in the area! Whether you start at Cove or in Hampton both trails are very scenic and beautiful. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

Beautiful falls and nice hike!

beautiful waterfall

This is one of my favorite hikes! It’s beautiful from the beginning of the trail to the end

2 months ago

well maintained trail, good for taking kids

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

Awesome hike!!!

2 months ago

I hiked to Douglas Falls in the snow and it was really a great experience! The water was really moving, too, thanks to some melt and run-off. There was no one else at the falls, which is rare.

What east TN represents well: waterfalls, peaceful woods surrounded by giant rock cliffs making a holler. Marked well with blue blazes.

Absolutely beautiful! Be prepared to hike about 370 stairs ☺ This trail is not actually 5.8 miles, only about 2.4 to the falls.

Great moderate hike. Trail splits at beginning of trailhead. Stay left or you will go 1.9 miles out of your way. Runs along river most of the way. Multiple small waterfalls. Slight uphill trail all the way up.

Beautiful all the way. Parts were quite rocky

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