Laurel Falls and Cove Mountain

MODERATE 199 reviews

Laurel Falls and Cove Mountain is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

no dogs

Moderate hike with breathtaking views. Geology is very much a part of this hike, notice the interesting rock formations. These rock formations are called Anakeesta, Cherokee for place of Balsams. This type of very porous sandstone is the foundation of the crest of the Smokies. It can "soak" up rain and ground water and is pulverized into powder when it freezes. This is how Arch Rock was formed and explains the rock formations and the gritty trail. At approximately 2 miles a small side trail to the left leads to an interesting overlook on a heath bald. Inspiration point has a great view of Newfound Gap and the sandstone that makes up this mountain range. After leaving the "Bluff" the trail descends to a small saddle, a nice relief from climbing. The views through the trees to the right are beautiful. The trail becomes steep from here to the lodge. As you reach the top of the trail you are greeted with a Boreal Forest, more common in England.Since 1925 there has been a lodging facility here for hardy.

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2 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Enjoyed the trail once we got past Laurel Falls. The falls were much too crowded. Hike to the top of Cove Mtn is a good work out but there isn't much of a view at the top. Seeing a black bear near the trail added some excitement!

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24 days ago

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27 days ago

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The waterfall was cool. But we continued on up Cove Mountain. Physically a good hike, but there was absolutely nothing to see once you got up there.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful waterfalls. easy paved hike. parking area.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

great day hike there is lodging at the top

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The 1st mile was easy. The whole way was paved and there were people everywhere!!! We continued to hike passed the 1st mile (which is where all of the people stopped to take pics of the waterfall). About 2 miles in, we passed a family heading the other way. They were nice enough to alert us that they had just spotted a mama bear and her cubs. I was too chicken to continue on, so we turned around. Haha The scenery was gorgeous though!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

It's an ok trail. Get to the top of Cove mountain and there is no real view to speak of, just a weather station. The waterfall 1 mile in, is worth going to because it's easy on the feet.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was easy to follow (even after the paved part that goes all the way to the falls) It was almost an incline the whole way out, but never real steep. However, there wasn't too much of a view from the top, just this weather station thing.

3 months ago

Nice little hike

hiking
3 months ago