Laurel Falls Trail

MODERATE 258 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Please Note: This is not the Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/laurel-falls--2) 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.

3 days ago

Good easy hike for family even with small kids. Watch out for snakes along river.

hiking
13 days ago

It is a great 5mi hike. parking is limited but some trail magic parking just past the entrance.

19 days ago

Beautiful scenery all along the river that this trail follows. Can be challenging in places, this trail has some steep areas. The view is well worth it. Pictures don’t do Laurel Falls justice, would highly recommend this trail to anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Went out here around 8 am and one of the most beautiful scenes all the way to the falls. I brought my dog along and she did great. Definitely not for the clumsy-footed when it gets closer to the falls and start climbing on rocks near the river itself for the trail; however, my dog made it with no problems and there are plenty of places to sit at the fall to rest before you head back. Would not recommend running during certain parts and watch out for people hiking the AT because they are usually carrying a lot of gear and using walking sticks. Overall amazing hike.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most serene hikes that I’ve done. The terrain was not difficult and there was so much beauty along this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Great views and cant wait to return. As stated in earlier reviews, the parking lot at the trial head is small and can fill up quickly.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike, we missed the original trail exit going down, ended up at the Laurel Fork AT shelter so we kept going down that trail but that part was tracking parallel to the original trail so we kept going and, lucky us, we came out by the waterfall. The top trail is not as easy as the lower trail, the path is very narrow, with parts that are about a foot wide with a big drop on the side, but I enjoyed it way more! There’s a waterfall crossing along the way. Once you reach the stone steps it’s fairly easy to get to the waterfall. The waterfall is absolutely stunning with a big area to relax at. You can also hike to the top of the waterfall but that part can get a bit demanding.
We came back through the lower trail and it was extremely easy (and shorter!).
Great views with lots of campfire/camping spots along the lower trail as well as “sandy” sections on the river side.
It can be easy to get lost if you’re not paying attention, trails are mostly marked but some crossings are not, that’s when this map came in handy. Also, some parts can be very slippery. Parking lot is a nightmare.
I hiked “the loop” (top + bottom) with my dog (heavy Great Dane) and she made it fine, if you have a big dog, I’d recommend being extra careful if you decide to hike the top trail.
One of my favorite hikes in the area.

1 month ago

Awesome view! Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Terrific trail with some stunning water views! The waterfall is well worth the hike, and the going back flies by. My two larger dogs did pretty well with some of the more slippier rock sections, and would recommend being ready to assist a small dog in a few spots. Highly recommended, we had a blast!

hiking
2 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. there are some pretty steep and challenging areas. bring a hammock to set up near the falls, you will need a nap.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, would recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks to walk over, there's a drop off in the water, below the falls, 20 feet out from the falls.
Beware small parking lot!

2 months ago

love this hike! but lot is small and always full, be prepared to possibly park down by the National forest sign

hiking
3 months ago

From Hampton trailhead, if you want a loop near the end of the trail and just before the falls, continue along trail [bypassing the initial decent] up to the AT. Continue along the trail for 10 to 15 minutes until the stone stairway trail [on the right] down to the falls, from there follow Laurel Falls trail back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail, amazing stone stairs and a beautiful water fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Great conditions, hiked on 3/27 with 4, 8, 9, and 12 year olds. You need to watch the little ones in parts. There are very steep drop offs. The waterfall at the end is beautiful and the trail crosses the middle of it.

Do not even attempt to bring a stroller. We saw a few folks with umbrella strollers and it was a bad idea.

4 months ago

Fun hike, stairs are worth the climb, in and out, to see the waterfall!

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best trails in the area! Whether you start at Cove or in Hampton both trails are very scenic and beautiful. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

4 months ago

Beautiful falls and nice hike!

hiking
4 months ago

well maintained trail, good for taking kids

5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Be prepared to hike about 370 stairs ☺ This trail is not actually 5.8 miles, only about 2.4 to the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

its beutiful. if you over wight you need to take you time on it. it was hard for me walking up them step but I did it

6 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful waterfall!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Awesome views!

6 months ago

This was an awesome hike! Great scenery and a wonderful view once you get there!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail! I don't think it's actually 5.8 miles but we took the rock stairs down to the falls and went back up the stairs instead of the rest of the loop. The stairs are pretty steep but doable.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful place, stunning waterfall. Great trail with varying degrees of difficulty. Several sites for camping. No facilities. Small parking area with close proximity to town.

9 months ago

My 1st waterfall I hiked too! Nice hike and beautiful waterfall!

9 months ago

Awesome trail! Dogs loved the cool water! Definitely go early morning!!

9 months ago

Has everything. Views, creeks, bridges, rock formations, great waterfall, swimming hole, wildflowers. About 5 miles round trip.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Don't go on a weekend, it gets crowded. I hit this up on weekdays and it is one of my favorites. Easy hike with the best waterfall in the area, hands down.

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