Laurel Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, Tennessee that features a waterfall 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Waterfall, Rhodedendrons, Mountain Views, Rock Formations This is a great hike along the Laurel Fork of Doe River leading to a beautiful waterfall. It also runs with the AT for part of its length. The trail is in good shape along most of its length, but there are a few rough spots where mountain runoff has cut into the trail. These places can get very muddy if it has rained recently. The trail also has a short section where you have to climb over rocks along the side of the river. The trail will seem to end, but there are two white blazes on a large boulder that show you where to go. The trail over the rocks isn't difficult, but it is along a river, so watch out if you have children or small dogs with you. They may need help climbing up or down some of the rocks. The only down side to this trail is that it can get very crowded. In late spring or during the fall when the leaves change, there can be 30-40 people out on a weekend. If you have a dog that you like to hike with off lead, avoid these crowded times.
This is one of my favorite Trails. Lots to see. I do it at least twice a year. Takes about an hour to get to the fall.
This is a wonderful hike for the family.
Great, short hike. We always meet some nice people on the trail and it stays in good shape. Parking lot fills up on nice weekends.
One of my favorite waterfall trails. I took the longer five mile round trip from Hampton TN and Rt. 321 (as opposed to the route in from Dennis Cove Road). It is much easier to get to this trailhead. The trail follows the scenic Laurel Fork for most of the way to the falls, with much of it on the Appalachian Trail. I had the added benefit of hiking earlier this year on a beautiful April day with lots of blooming wildflowers. There are a few rocky spots, but nothing too difficult. And the falls itself is stunning...and a spectacular place to take a lunch break!
Great hike, some tricky rocky parts but overall a perfectly moderate hike. Good for dogs, not for kids.
Lots to see and a good amount of challenge for an adventurous dog. Waterfall water was cold on a warm day in early September.