Laurel Falls Trail

EASY 582 reviews

Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.3 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 is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs and pets are not petmitted in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. 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. Though the trail is paved and suitable for strollers, this trail gets very crowded. Having a stroller may slow you and other travelers down.

4 minutes ago

Way too crowded!

2 hours ago

Very good trail for the family. We have three 7 year olds and they did fantastic. At the waterfalls you can go down to the bottom. They discourage it but if you use common sense it makes the trail that much better! We loved it! On the way out we saw a black bear that made the trail that much better.

hiking
1 day ago

Very beautiful trail ! It is easy but not a well paved trail. But the waterfall in the end is amazing

hiking
3 days ago

Short hike, moderate climb, beautiful waterfall.

hiking
4 days ago

We did this trail in March. It was a beautiful trail but it gets pretty steep for small children. I was constantly having to keep them close so they wouldn’t slip down the mountain. Besides that the waterfall was beautiful. ❤️

nature trips
8 days ago

Good hike. A small but beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail. You can play around in that area as well.

11 days ago

This is honestly a trail for everyone. heavily trafficked, but still worth it. The pavement isn't the best and there are sections that you can actually go off the paved portion.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail was an easy trip up to the falls. Nice paved walkway for the most part, and beautiful views along the way. I recommend starting early, simply because on our way back down after having the scenery to ourselves for about 30 minutes, we passed several hikers headed up. It likely gets more and more crowded as the day goes on.

13 days ago

Easy walk ..: nice views

13 days ago

Family friendly. Assent is gradual but manageable with kids. Way. Too. Crowded. Follow recommendations to get here very early.

13 days ago

It’s a great trail and the hike is definitely worth seeing the waterfall

hiking
15 days ago

Great easy trail for families. It was very busy once we got to the falls. Several people slipped and fell near the falls while we were there, so make sure you have good footing on the wet rocks. Took us about an hour to complete with three kids between the ages of 5-9 years old.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail, easy hike. Get there early to beat the crowd. Took about 1 hour to complete

17 days ago

lovely

hiking
18 days ago

Not difficult and very pretty!! would definitely do this one again.

hiking
18 days ago

Never hiking before I found this trail to be not very hard and beautiful!!!

20 days ago

This trail is steep but easy and the fact that it is paved makes it way too crowded to make it enjoyable. The waterfall itself is nice, and there are one or two areas with nice views. However, the area around the waterfall itself was not very large so the large crowd of people ruined the experience.

We preferred the much less crowded Meigs creek trail much better.

hiking
20 days ago

easy beautiful hike

hiking
21 days ago

It’s a decent hike and I would say for the average person it would be in between an easy and moderate hike. It’s a steady incline the whole way up and the trail is paved but not in great shape. The falls are beautiful but can be crowded. Still worth it at least once. Takes about 90 minutes round trip depending on your speed.

hiking
21 days ago

Like others I thought this would be an easy hike. Although it is paved, it’s not stroller friendly. Very steep the entire way to falls. Beautiful falls BUT super crowed and there was a very long line just to view them. If you don’t want to wait in line, choose another hike or go super early/late.

hiking
21 days ago

Mistakenly thought easy trail meant easy. Definitely not for strollers and mostly uphill. Crowded at top and not much viewing space.

30 days ago

Crowded at the top. All uphill going in and downhill coming back. Paved, but pathway is falling apart. Waterfall is neat at the end, but rocks are slippery

1 month ago

nice easy trail to a nice waterfall. worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail. However, the paved trail was very uneven. This is not a good trail for strollers or wheelchairs. Nonetheless, it is a nice trail with great scenery and a clean waterfall at the end.

nature trips
1 month ago

Paved trail, however the pavement is in pretty poor condition at times with areas that have washed out, and lots of uneven areas. The hike is uphill the entire way to the falls. Use common sense at the falls, the rocks are slippery and it’s a long way down. This morning the trail was closed the first time we went because someone fell 40 ft down. We saw people in flip flops hiking in this trial, but that’s really a recipe for disaster as the footing on trail can be tricky at times, see above re: pavement condition.

1 month ago

Harder than it seems but the fall is beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful waterfall, a must see BUT it’s definitely NOT WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY!! We made it but it was dangerous and definitely not safe for a wheelchair, I wouldn’t recommend taking a wheelchair and I’d never do it again!!! NEEDS TO BE REPAVED , if they wanna say wheelchair friendly!!!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great time !!!!!

1 month ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful. We went in late May, and the weather was nice. I would advise to try to go before 9, after that it gets extremely crowded. To add to our hike, we had a close encounter with a small bear but he wasn't interested with us and kept moving. Overall, great moderate hike.

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