Laurel River Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, 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.

7.0 miles
767 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

trail running





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.

26 days ago

A walk in the park. Only a very beautiful park. A sunny day mid 60’s. Had the entire trail in and out to myself.

1 month ago

Really pretty trail that follows the river. Flat the whole way, so a very easy one. Saw fresh bear tracks along the river in a couple of spots.

1 month ago

Echo the sentiment - a must-hike! Flat and not at all strenuous but enough rocks, roots, and fallen trees in the path to keep the walking interesting. The rare combination of easy hike, quiet/isolated, and gorgeous scenery. No restrooms at the trailhead, but the Laurel River Store will graciously let you use their clean and well-tended portajohn. Be sure to round out the day with a soak in the hot springs at the spa just five miles beyond the trailhead!

2 months ago

Easy trail but has some rooted and rocky areas that require your attention. The river is beautiful. The ruins of Reunion aren’t spectacular.

3 months ago

An easy way to get 7 miles in. Enjoyable stroll along the river, some rocks and roots along the trail but easily tunable. 4 of us went and all agreed it was great :)

4 months ago

Beautiful! I would definitely do it again!

5 months ago

This is a great little trail. The river is beautiful and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of people there on a Saturday morning in June. Basically flat the whole way. Can’t wait to go back and find the perfect picnic spot!

5 months ago

Rocky trail but awesome scenery!

6 months ago

Easy 7 mike out-and-back. Don’t let the profile fool you; it’s virtually flat the entire way. Lovely views of river including several nice swimming holes and a few class3-4 rapids.

6 months ago

Beautiful Trail. Moderately trafficked. Stays by the river the whole time. A must do trail.

9 months ago

An absolute must do if you are in the area. Easy and beautiful. If you have time go all the way to the french broad and don't forget to look at the remains of the logging town Runion. This is hike is great for all levels.

10 months ago

Wonderful hike along the Laurel River. This is one of my top three. We will take out of town friends on this hike.

11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail that follows the river - it’s flat and an easy walk! Great for families or people just wanting a mellow hike.

11 months ago

Nice hike but be careful, there are a couple of areas that are a little rocky and unsteady. It's actually a 4 mile hike in, and 4 mile hike back out to the gravel parking lot. Picnic tables are at the beginning, not at the end of the hike which ends at a railroad tracks.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A very beautiful river with large boulders. Very pleasant hike.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

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!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Beautiful trail. Nice walk and mostly flat.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Large trailhead parking area just beside Hwy 25/70 where 208 intersects. Reach a fork in the trail soon after leaving trailhead, either route is fine...they will join back up shortly. Pass 2 or 3 cabins and a couple of railway cars on the left. Beautiful scenic river with very unique rock formations for the rest of the hike. Come to the remaining fragments of Runion and continue on to an intersection with a rail line. Cross the tracks and scramble down the other side passing the confluence of Big Laurel Creek with the wide and the French Broad River. Someone's even left a couple of folding chairs to sit and gaze at the river before heading back. Trail was a great way to spend the afternoon. It took us about 3 hours walking time.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Easy path, shaded and follows river. My dog enjoyed playing in the water. Thankfully we did not encounter any snakes, which I later read were plentiful here. We went on a Sunday afternoon, and there were several other families there. Would recommend going on a weekday.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Pretty trail that follows the Laurel River until it meets the French Broad. According to our tracking app, it was over 8 miles (so not sure which was off). Flat and shady the whole way. Our 8 and 9 year old boys did fine. We had a picnic on rocks by the river along the way.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Trail is actually a little over 8 miles. Super easy hike. Not one I would normally pick but the wild flowers were beautiful.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great hike, flat easy, shady, but very rocky trail boots recommended, beautiful swimming holes and waterfalls entire length of trail, very popular on weekends. If you go swimming or bring dogs off leash beware of copperheads, I see at least one every time I go either in water or in rocks on bank so much so I don't enjoyong swimming unless in one of the big holes with lots of people and I dont let dogs run the riverbank off leash.. love this trail beautiful after good rain.

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