Laurel Falls Trail

EASY 417 reviews

Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily 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
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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
3 days ago

Paved easy trail to the waterfalls. The waterfall is cool because there is a pathway in the middle, with some falls above and some falls below. Huge tourist destination and crowded though.

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely a must do!

hiking
9 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

The trail itself is easy to find even though it’s unmarked. The trail is surfaced with asphalt which makes it mostly level and avoids tree roots, rocks, etc. Incline is steady but not demanding for anyone in average shape. The only area you should be aware of is a sharp drop off for about 200 yards as you finally approach the falls

Scenery is typical Eastern woodland with two notable exceptions. The first is a scenic view of the mountains and valley about 3/4 of the distance to the falls. (See my pictures). The other is Laurel Falls themselves.

The falls themselves are very photogenic but there are some considerations. First the upper falls are right off the trail. You’ll need a wide angle lens. Second, there are lower falls that can be reached by an unmarked trail 30 yards before the end of the main trail. Third the falls are very popular. I was there on a Monday in February when it was 42 F and there were 30 other people there. In the summer there be over 100.

If you are looking for something more secluded try Spruce Flats Falls.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike, beautiful falls, watch little kids

10 days ago

Very easy hike up to the falls. And with all the rain yesterday, it was roaring. Great views of the surrounding hills. There are no rails, so not sure about with little kids unless they listen well.

10 days ago

Falls were roaring after yesterday’s rainfall !

11 days ago

Pretty easy hike on paved path, me and my 6 year old loved it. Great view of the falls! Uphill most of the way and downhill on the way back is a breeze.

hiking
25 days ago

Short easy trail. Best views are in January when the leaves are off the trees. Scenic views all the way up to Laurel Falls.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Once you get past the elevation, it's easy. I went after a storm there was trees down. It's nice that the trail is paved. Amazing views!! Becareful around the waterfalls.

1 month ago

Easy and sloping. Busy.

1 month ago

Great

1 month ago

great for the family. my 5 and 7 year old girls did great but this was about as long and strenuous as they could handle, while still enjoying themselves...

1 month ago

1 hr roundtrip perfect short hike for all ages. be prepared to wait for parking though!

2 months ago

A lot of people even on Tuesday but worth it. I hiked this with my 7 and 10 year olds and we had a great time at the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy paved trail. Great falls

2 months ago

Good hike for how short it was.

2 months ago

A little crowded. On a paved road. Definitely a good choice if hiking with kids or for folks looking for an accessible trail.

2 months ago

Loved the trail and it definitely has beautiful scenic views. It was very busy for a Monday and sadly it’s not dog friendly! Also I don’t think this is suitable for strollers. The paved path is slightly narrow with the people traffic.

2 months ago

Ample parking. Restrooms at visitor center at trail head. Trail was well marked. Good, short trail with some good mountain views (with the leaves down) and great waterfall that you can hear most of the way there.

hiking
2 months ago

It is nice to have a paved trail, and it’s understandable that it would be difficult to maintain given the surroundings. I would echo what others have said about the dangerous drops, which are along the final 20% or so of the trail before you reach the waterfall. Make sure each young kid is being watched by an adult on that section, as it would be very bad to fall off there. Falls are pretty and it’s a nice level of intensity for a family hike.

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