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For the serious hikers only. Lots of covered, tight forestry to go through. we started backwards and did 3 miles up first instead of ending it that way. Glad we did, made the ending to the falls well worth the intense hike and challenge. Not recommended to go alone.

great views and very nice trail... love it

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4 days ago

Terrific trail with some stunning water views! The waterfall is well worth the hike, and the going back flies by. My two larger dogs did pretty well with some of the more slippier rock sections, and would recommend being ready to assist a small dog in a few spots. Highly recommended, we had a blast!

hiking
8 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. there are some pretty steep and challenging areas. bring a hammock to set up near the falls, you will need a nap.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice hike, would recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks to walk over, there's a drop off in the water, below the falls, 20 feet out from the falls.
Beware small parking lot!

longer trail, 4.8 up but it is a constant gentle climb. Have seen many rattlers up there the last 2 years so use caution if you have dogs

love this hike! but lot is small and always full, be prepared to possibly park down by the National forest sign

Beautiful waterfall, tough little trail, up n down

Great short hike, some climbing. Wear good ankle supporting boots

hiking
22 days ago

We were in to visit family and this trail was not far away from where we were. I am in awe of the beauty this park provides. Well kept and marked trails. We didn't make it all the way to the top but will definitely be back to explore more.

not to crowded, easy walk with two children, falls are beautiful, well worth it

Well maintained trail. The views at the fire tower are breathtaking. This trail in my opinion is easy. I would rate it moderate only because of the mileage.

Nice hike on old railbed. This trail offers views of the gorge, railway tunnels, wildflowers, the sound of gushing Doe River along the way. Well kept by owners.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike with a couple of nice waterfalls.

Great hike, just chose the wrong company, lol. This is a beautiful and well kept park!

hiking
1 month 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.

Trail is diagonal from the building, see photos.

This is the perfect trail for those who want to see mountains & waterfalls but don’t have much time. I wouldn’t recommend this trail to anyone without sure footing due to the amount of roots and slick spots. I saw a few older folks turn back because of it.

I would definitely do this trail again.
Great for kids!

Probably one of the best views you will ever see with such easy access and limited amount of people. Forms aren't a big deal. The trail just shows a different view of the world.

great for familes. we hiked in with 3 kids 8 and under. they did great and we had lunch by the falls. quick 2 1/2 hr round trip..and that includes an hour by the falls exploring.

Great trail ! Recommended for first timers.

Obstacles of many roots, rocks & lots of mud to get there, but the waterfall at the end is worth it.

hiking
1 month 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.

Great hike for the whole family with beautiful waterfall at the end. Took us about 1 hour, 45 min round trip, including ~30 minutes spent by the falls. We went on a Tuesday, and probably saw only 25 or so other hikers. You’ll need to help little kids navigate the obstacles and stay away from the drop offs, but it’s certainly doable for them.

Lovely waterfall, not very crowded, and lots of spring wildflowers to see! The trail has areas that are covered in roots, rocks, and some wet spots but it makes it very engaging and fun to climb.

Amazing trail! It was a great short hike to our day. We had 6 of us on the walk including an 8 year and a 7 year old who absolutely loved the trail and of course the falls. It is definitely a moderate trail so be ready for some roots and rocks!

Our family enjoyed the hike. My 8 and 5 year old enjoyed the obstacles. Very treacherous for them, but fun.

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

Loved it!!! Nice hike!! I packed my 40 pound toddler on my back the entire way and I am a plus size momma. Yes, I sweated and had to take a moment or two to catch my breath, but it was truly great!!! We visited today, 3/4/18, after all the recent rain, the falls were too beautiful for even cameras to capture the true beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really cool trail, but packs a punch. Climbing down to the falls can be very sketchy in wet conditions. I would not take kids on this trail as a fall could result in death in some spots. We did see a black bear on this trail. Parking area is hard to find and no sign.

hiking
2 months 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.

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