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The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.

Great easy trail. The road to the trail head was closed so we got some extra steps in.

hiking
22 hours ago

Very steep the entire way. Wonderful workout and hike. Super muddy with slight fog and drizzle when I went made it slightly more difficult. Major bummer the last section is still closed due to fire damage.

One of my new favorite trails. Followed a stream at first. The cave and the bluffs are rest cool. Past that the trail becomes narrow and a little more difficult with great cable railings and awesome scenes throughout the entire hike. I hiked in about 6 inches of snow and a bunch of ice end it still was amazing. Slightly dicey at times. Amazing!!! Great workout too with a full pack.

The trail to the falls was paved and super easy. Also crowded. Past the falls is a steeper trail through the woods. In winter you can peak through the trees at the valley below. The top there is NO view and the “tower” is closed. It’s a research ozone tower type deal. Fun, quiet, and peaceful hike. Good moderate level.

hiking
22 hours ago

Paved easy trail to the waterfalls. The waterfall is cool because there is a pathway in the middle, with some falls above and some falls below. Huge tourist destination and crowded though.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful place for lunch

Highlight of the smokys

Beautiful hike!

Really liked this trail but if you go on the grove loop portion on the right there is a downed tree that makes it almost impossible to continue (we turned back).

We let some park rangers know at the visitors station who mentioned sending some folks up to help clear the way in the near future.

A nice trail for the dogs that also has some pretty views.

Beautiful trail with great river views and interesting historic sights. A nice, slow climb with a great, accessible waterfall at the end. Loved every minute of it.

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely a must do!

Great waterfall with a bench.

Lots and lots of steps!! But wow is it worth it! We went on a rainy day with the correct gear and it completely paid off. The views of the river and falls up the mountain was heaven. Can’t wait to do it again we the final portion reopens!

I would say this is a easy trail it is short and completely paved

hiking
5 days ago

I went in the afternoon and had the whole trail to myself. It’s a good hike, Campsite 18 is gorgeous.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

The trail itself is easy to find even though it’s unmarked. The trail is surfaced with asphalt which makes it mostly level and avoids tree roots, rocks, etc. Incline is steady but not demanding for anyone in average shape. The only area you should be aware of is a sharp drop off for about 200 yards as you finally approach the falls

Scenery is typical Eastern woodland with two notable exceptions. The first is a scenic view of the mountains and valley about 3/4 of the distance to the falls. (See my pictures). The other is Laurel Falls themselves.

The falls themselves are very photogenic but there are some considerations. First the upper falls are right off the trail. You’ll need a wide angle lens. Second, there are lower falls that can be reached by an unmarked trail 30 yards before the end of the main trail. Third the falls are very popular. I was there on a Monday in February when it was 42 F and there were 30 other people there. In the summer there be over 100.

If you are looking for something more secluded try Spruce Flats Falls.

Nice hike waterfall was super flooded today

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, beautiful falls, watch little kids

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