Cove Mountain Laurel Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Cove Mountain Laurel Falls Loop Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
16.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3225 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Starting on the Laurel Falls Trail, the first mile up to the falls is paved, easy and crowded. That all soon changes once the trail continues on to Cove Mountain at a moderate ascent. Only a mangled post remains of the sign marking the summit (1/10 mile further, to your left) and trail head of the Cove Mountain Trail (to your right).

The CMT appears to be the remnants of an old road. I counted nearly a dozen blow downs on the trail - some seemed like they'd been there for a while. I got the feeling maybe the trail wasn't on the Park's maintenance shortlist.

While I didn't see another soul on its long, gradual descent to the Sugarlands Visiting Center, I never felt lonely. Much of the trail borders private property with houses and yards within throwing distance.

Like anywhere in the Smokies, what's not to recommend? Not the best for views, but its proximity to civilization while being somewhat ignored constitutes its own sort of unique ambiance.

To make this a loop, you have to trudge 4 trail-less miles up 321 back to the Laurel Falls parking area. I did so, but do not recommend it, unless you enjoy maneuvering through thick, noisy traffic.

1 month ago

this trail is fairly easy to do. it's narrow and if you are bringing kids you will have to watch them. the falls are amazing though and you will get some great pics!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, December 09, 2015