Flat Laurel Creek

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Flat Laurel Creek is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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A very easy trail from NC-215 up to the Forest Service parking area at Black Balsam Mountain. The overall elevation gain is very modest over the length of the trail, and there are some beautiful views to the west and also of Sam's Knob.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful crisp morning with a little snow on the ground still. Falls were gorgeous.

2 months ago

Great loop with the Mountains to Sea Trail and Little Sam’s Trail

3 months ago

Great time on this trail yesterday! Some very nice views and some great campsites!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice easy trail

7 months ago

Lovely trail with some cool water features to cross.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike. Did the 7 mile loop starting at trailhead off of 215. Not difficult and beautiful views!

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked this in November 2017 with our dog. Very cool having to hike across small frozen streams. Got some great videos and pictures of the dog encountering ice for the first time. We cut across midway through to go up Sam Knob.

8 months ago

Nice how the trail crosses several smaller creeks. Shady and pretty.

10 months ago

Relatively easy trail with a cool waterfall feature that flows under the trail bridge. Great creekside camp spots at the trial head and leads to even better ones the closer you get towards Sam Knob.

11 months ago

Very easy trail to hike. Great beginner trail. Lots of water on the trail. Crossing the creeks not a problem but lots of water running down the trail.

backpacking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Solid trail for a day hike, overnight or extended stay. We parked at the trailhead off of 215 and camped towards the end of the trail near a creek. Very easy trail with plenty of water access and nearby destinations, including Sam's Knob, Devils Courthouse, and Black Balsam Knob. If camping in this area, bear canisters are required.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A+

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We hiked about a mile passed Wildcat Falls. It was such a beautiful trail I hope we can come back and do the whole thing!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great trail! Gradual ascent and beautiful cover! Nice waterfalls.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Loved it! Berries, flowers and waterfalls...easy trail!

Friday, August 05, 2016

August 5, my wife and I hiked this 5 mile total in and back trail. Slight climb in but not hard. Very nice falls at the top. Tough climb down to the bottom of the falls but doable. Very little laurel left. Blackberries and blueberries. 60 - 65 degrees in the morning. Mostly covered with canopy. Would be beautiful in June, a lot of laurel. Will hike this again!

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

wonderful scenic trail near the Shining Rock Wilderness.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Awesome trail!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful hike along Laurel Creek. Lots of camping spots and enjoyed the Cascades and 2 Waterfalls.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful hike next to Laurel Creek. Lots of camping spots - enjoyed the Cascades & 2 Waterfalls

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beautiful vistas almost every step of the way. Easy. Bring some water and bear repellant and enjoy!

camping
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great hike with great campsites along the creek! Only about an hour hike to shady campsites, then another hour (moderate to strenuous) up to the bald. Beautiful view!

hiking
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This is a great trail for anyone looking for an easy hike up in the SHining Rock Wilderness area. If you hike from west to east, you leave from the trailhead just off NC-215 and hike up towards Black Balsam Mtn. The elevation change is very gradual, and there are some spectacular views, especially in fall and winter.

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yes, this was an easy hike, but don't be put off by that! The scenery was great with several waterfalls and points of access to the creek. I admit I almost didn't do this one but I am very glad I did. From the Parking Lot heading west it is a steady decline, which means the trip back is an incline. Not that big a deal, but some might want to be aware of that. Because of previous days of rain, the trail was a bit soggy, but not too bad. Again, this is a delightful trail and one I will be trying to get back to.

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