Explore the most popular trails in Laurel-Snow State Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love this beautiful area, all kinds of trails and adventures. I miss living in Dayton. for all levels of hikers

off trail
private property
18 days ago

We stayed in an Airbnb private property area and hiked to snow falls. It was very overgrown when we got to the non private actual trail. Poorly marked. Be warned. The laurel snow main entrance is a much easier hike.

lots of poison Ivey/ oak . other wise wonderful hike!

off trail
over grown
1 month ago

went hiking today and the trail needs to be reblazed again. no marking, liquor and trash everywhere.

some climbing and adventures through unmarked areas...

This trail is gorgeous! Remember that this All Trails map takes you to Laurel Falls. There are other trails in this system including one that takes you to Snow Falls. There are a few overgrown spots on the trail but because it’s well traveled it’s maintained. A lot of different visuals from running water, rocks, cave formations and of course waterfalls. Be prepared for some rocky footing and one spot you actual do climb through a hole in the boulders. Keep your eyes out for snakes. We didn’t realize until we got back that there was more on this trail. We only went to the bottom of Laurel Falls which was still about 6 miles in and back taking us about 3 hours with a long stop at the bottom. The hike back was great because it was all down hill. Looks like it becomes busier during the day/afternoon because locals go swimming all down the creek so parking could become more difficult at those times.

Great trail- moderate with some steeper rock scrambling towards end.

4 months ago

The overlook at Buzzard's Point offers one of the best west-to-east views of the Tennessee Valley. On a clear day, you can see the Tennessee River, the Hiwassee River, and the Unicoi Mountains which are roughly 60 miles eastwards.

Great trail with lots of waterfalls!

Fantastic hiking trails! First went to the left after the bridge towards Snow Falls but after a while couldn't find the trail so turned back and went up to Laurel Falls which did not disappoint! It was beautiful! So nice to see so many people out on the trails in such a beautiful first weekend of Spring! Will definitely keep this on my favorites list! I would say an easy hike until going up to Laurel Falls it was rocky with a lot of switch backs.

Great trail. Unique scenery. One of my favorites. One thing... when you cross the new aluminum bridge, turn right. I chose left because the marked white trail went that way but the main Falls is a short distance if going right. Left provides an amazing hike and I’m glad I did it but if your objective is the Falls, go right.

Great place for a backpacking trip. lots of great trails to hike and lots of amazing views

We made it to the top of the ridge and had to turn around due to daylight the last time we tried this. It was also raining and the rocks and the bridge were SO slick. There was no one on the trail even though it was a weekend. This time, March 2, it was a beautiful sunny weekend day and we could barely find a spot to park! Lots of people set up at the large group site after the trail split. We did intervals of hiking/running on the way up and the doggo loved exploring the river and woods. Solid climb up to the ridge. There's a fire ring and small primitive campsite at the edge of the ridge where the trail loops around. There's a great vista if you dont turn and go past the firering- you can also get here by following the powerline clearing right before. The water crossing was really flowing and slick. Water was much too cold for my preference but the fiancé and doggy went across and took pics for me. Great hike!

7 months ago

One of my FAVORITES. I have done this hike a few times and it is always beautiful. This time we tried to go up to Bryan overlook from Laurel Falls. The trail to it is just as you turn around to leave Laurel you will see a trail cut off to the right. It is NOT obvious. You have to be looking for it and white blazes painted on the trees. This part is strenuous and extremely steep once you get up to the base of the cliff. Coming down I was doing the butt scoot boogie. We were not able to go all the way to the main overlook due to the water over the falls being too deep/cold. However, there is a great overlook that is worth seeing. We also checked out the Laurel Falls campsite up there. Also, just a side note.. is not posted anywhere...when you get up to the place where you see the sign pointing you to snow falls (to the left) and Laurel to the right.. if you go left you will eventually end up at Buzzard Point. This is a spectacular hike in the fall. Roughly 10 miles round trip and I would rate as difficult due to length and terrain. Not a well marked section and no signs even hinting you are going towards Buzzard. A must do for any seasoned hiker.

Beautiful scenery, but WAY too highly trafficked for my taste. If you are looking for a quite hike with any semblance of "being in solitude with nature", you may want to pick another trail, especially on a Sunday. The walk along the bank of a rushing river, the picturesque cascades and falls make this a truly exceptional hike, even if it is a bit steep and rocky in the half mile or so stretch before the top of the main falls. Unfortunately, the trail being rather overcrowded makes for a lot of stop and go in order to pass/let others pass. Usually no big deal, but there was an obvious lack of trail etiquette. Also, we saw lots of litter. So sad. Picked up what we could. Mother nature provides us with such a perfect place, and man can't help but trash it! This trail is definitely worth a hike, but please, so that others may enjoy it, too, LEAVE NO TRACE!

I will add this to favorites. Easy walk for the first couple of miles, but gets fairly strenuous going to the falls.

I am giving this a five star rating because the scenery is fantastic. The rushing river, the boulders, and multiple waterfalls. Of course, Laurel Falls is the biggest and best. However, when we went, after days of rain, the trail was waterlogged and more of a little creek really. Keeping feet dry was a challenge that we eventually lost. The first couple of miles is relatively easy. But, when the trail starts climbing it is more strenuous. Other hikers said that in the summer the rocks can have quite a few snakes.

I think this is my favorite trail around the Chattanooga area. It’s beautiful the whole hike - the stream is right beside you and it leads to beautiful waterfalls. The bridge was recently fixed so it’s safe to cross now. Moderate hike and kind of steep at some parts. Love love this hike!

Just loved this trail, new bridge is great. Gets hard past the falls and slick rocks. Beautiful water fall

I love walking along a river and get excited over even the smallest water falls so this hike was absolutely amazing! We saw a lot of ice formations along the way but once we got up to Laurel Falls it was just breathtaking between the falls and The artistry of ice formations. I'm anxious to go back again during the various seasons.

Hike along water almost the entire way! Beautiful!!

First time here on Jan 1. The falls and river after heavy rains, bouldering, and climb to the rim exceeded expectations. Old mining town ruins were an unexpected bonus. Will definitely be back.

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