Laurel Falls Trail

EASY 176 reviews

Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norton Creek Ranch, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Nice easy trail to a small waterfall. Along the way there are a few nice views of the nearby hills and rock formations Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. The trail is paved and is suitable for strollers.

hiking
16 hours ago

Easy paved trail with great views.

hiking
2 days ago

6 days ago

This is an easy trail. Paved most of the way with great views. Nice for beginners.

7 days ago

8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Super fun! Lots of traffic at top!

9 days ago

backpacking
12 days ago

Loved this trail! Took a rookie backpacker to break in and it was a perfect first timer! I agree that this is an easy hike but if you plan to backpack it can be challenging at times with ~25% of your body weight attached to your back! My only complaint is that the 50' metal bridge that crosses Laurel Creek all the guides talk about is no longer there and we were very confused with no bridge and no blazes visible on the other side. Laurel Falls was fabulous! One guide suggested exploring the first section (mining area) on the way in so you are not too tired to explore on the way out. We did it on the way in AND the way out and still felt like we could have explored more so be sure to not pass right by this wonderful area. I uploaded some images we took. April is perfect with cool nights, not so hot days, wild flowers everywhere, falls with good amounts of water, enough greenery to add to the beauty but not enough to hinder views of the falls, and dogwoods in full bloom. The trail was easy to follow most of the time but with so many spur trails, don't let down your guard and neglect watching for white blazes. Rock scrambles can get tricky but so worth it!

12 days ago

Really beautiful falls.

14 days ago

18 days ago

Beautiful!!! Great hike with gorgeous scenery!

hiking
18 days ago

Lovely hike! This trail crosses several mountains to get back to the falls. The falls are pretty and a good place to catch your breath before the hike back.
Keep your eyes peeled. We saw a bear as it crossed the trail in front of us. The bears are used to people just don't do anything to provoke them.

walking
20 days ago

Absolutely beautiful drive and walk up to the waterfall. This trail is so incredibly busy though, it was hard to concentrate on the beauty while people were bumping into you though. The waterfall area was hard to find a good spot to stand at because of how populated it was. It definitely was a beautiful trail, and I'd go again!

23 days ago

28 days ago

Very nice trail! Short and easy. Parking was somewhat of an issue because of how busy but still beautiful.

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1 month ago

Beautiful in the snow.