Laurel River Trail

EASY 70 reviews
#21 of 123 trails in

Laurel River Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1161 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Nice hike along a very scenic whitewater rive, ruins and swimming This is a very nice hike along the Big Laurel River. You start the trail by heading south and will shortly come to a private residence that is posted "Private" Continue walking on the trail until you resume your hike in the forest. The trail is flat and for the most part, tree covered. You will notice numerous trees in the process of being "felled" by area Beavers. There are quite a few rapids and trout pools along most of the route. There are also some excellent camping spots and swimming holes along the way. About 3/4 of the way in there are some foundational ruins from the old town of Runion. After the ruins stay on the trail until you intersect the rail road tracks and hike back out.

17 days ago

I used to love this trail in the heat of the summer but now days there are too many tourists and transplants smelling the place up.

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1 month ago

Poison ivy lines this trail on both sides for the entire 3.5 miles.

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1 month ago

Continues to be one of my favorite easy hikes. Along the river nearly the entire trail, the sights and sounds are beautiful. Plenty of places to stop and play in the water. Pups love it.

2 months ago

Nice level hiking trail. Easy hike for a dog to walk. Great areas for a picnic and hanging by the water.

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2 months ago

Great place for an older dog who still likes easy hikes and a little river play time. Flat terrain, well manicured trail, lots of little falls, and plenty of spots to take a dip on a hot day.

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Really nice hike. Trail is flat with beautiful river views the whole way. Fun with the dogs.

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5 months ago

Wonderful trail! The views along the trail are gorgeous and the walk is mainly flat. It may be a 7 mile long trail but it doesn't feel like it because of the beauty there and the fact that it is a flat path. I loved this walk!

5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Nice walk and mostly flat.

5 months ago

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7 months ago

This trail is beautiful. Its not marked but with Google maps it is easy to find. It is flat but definitely rocky in places. Many places along the trail make for great photo ops. I am looking forward to going back soon to run that trail. It was great!

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9 months ago

Beautiful scenery, flat trail. Ate our lunch at the clearing at the intersection of the Laurel and French Broad with 2 folding chairs mentioned in another review. Coffee shop near the parking area is great.