Laurel Falls Trail

MODERATE 241 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.

hiking
36 minutes 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
4 days 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
4 days 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!

9 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

Beautiful falls and nice hike!

hiking
2 months ago

well maintained trail, good for taking kids

3 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
4 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

4 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful waterfall!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Awesome views!

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
7 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy hike on a beautiful day. Not crowded at all. Actual distance around 4.5 miles

9 months ago

Nice hike the steps down to the falls will give you a workout.

10 months ago

Go early so you miss the crowds.

10 months ago

loved the views the trail was challenging at times but it's worth it

10 months ago

Great day hike with varying elevation changes and terrain!

11 months ago

Great hike!

11 months ago

Great hike. Encountered black bear with 2 cubs crossing trail.

11 months ago

Walked in from Hampton Blue Trail Head to the Falls using low water Trail and walked out up the steps and on to Dennis Cove stopping at the Black Bear Resort just up the road on Memorial Day. Great hike. Beautiful area with nice trails and bridges. Lots to see on the way to and from the Falls. What a great area we live in!

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