Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail

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Cherokee National Forest

Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and camping and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.5 miElevation gain469 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingHikingWalkingrunningForestViewsWaterfallRocky
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Angela Hite
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Great trail. We took our dogs and they did great!

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Jason Buchanan
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Great trail, relatively easy. Was a little mucky in places and is covered by the surrounding canopy, so wear layers. The stairs down to the falls weren’t terrible and I found coming up easier. It’s not a race so pace yourself and enjoy the falls. The juice is def worth the squeeze.

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Maya Fives
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Hiked with plenty of snow on the ground. Pretty easy and flat hike at first, but becomes much more difficult towards the end where there are hundreds of rock stairs leading towards the fall. Slippery and dangerous with snow/ice so make sure to wear the right shoes. The waterfall is so gorgeous though and well worth the hike!

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Prachi Dhir
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HikingMuddy

The climb back up from the falls is 525 rock steps approximately. It was definitely challenging since I am not a regular hiker. But the view at the bottom of the falls was worth the effort.

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Mary beth Sheets
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Beautiful short hike to a wonderful feature.

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Brad DeWeese
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Great hike with low foot traffic due to the winter weather. Falls were flowing strong due to recent rainfall.

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Darrell Greer
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I’ve been to Laurel Falls many many times but always from the “main” trail off the hwy. This was my first time coming in “the back way”. It’s a good bit shorter and and absolutely gorgeous trail that goes mostly along the creek. Has a few cool rock canyons and a really nice bridge. Most of trail is relatively level but the last leg down to the falls gets your heart pumping on the way out.... As a bonus this trip being in Dec the falls were basically empty so we got them by ourselves. The breeze coming off the falls was quite chilly though. Bring a jacket

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Carmen Harkins
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marsha Arrowood
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Joy Linehan
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HikingGreat!

It was sooooo beautiful in the late autumn afternoon! Standing on the bridge and looking up jut to realize the river used to be up there was so very humbling

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Robs A
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This was a special hike with my dog

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Nathan Hicks
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Moderate hike!

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Linda Gertner
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The first part of trail is beautiful & relatively flat. It was November so trail deeply covered with leaves hiding roots & rocks. TRAIL MARKER TO THE FALLS IS ON TREE ABOUT SEVEN FEET OFF THE GROUND. ITS TREE COLORED SO VERY EASY TO MISS AS WE DID.

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Gretel .
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HikingGreat!

The waterfall looked fantastic with all the recent rain fall. The trail is easy with the only strenuous part coming at the end to get to the fall. The steps are steep and the trail is covered with leaves. Make sure to watch your step.

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Jessica Johnson
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rock steps are very steep

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Cache MACS
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Great spot along the trail. It was really flowing with all the rain.

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Lauren Jacobs
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STUNNING!!! It is sooo worth the trip down

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Christina Zaron
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Loved it

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Jennifer Nash
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Beautiful hike with a steep descent at the falls. Tips - The trailhead is just past the paid ($1) parking lot. The lot at the trailhead is small. There’s no cellphone coverage for much of the area so have maps or whatever handy and make sure someone knows where you’ll be beforehand. When you see the blue blaze, look to your left for the stone steps down to the falls. It’s a bit hidden. I missed it and walked too far. When you return from the falls, take the trail marked “S.” Trekking poles are highly recommended to help propel you upwards. I wouldn’t recommend hiking this trail when the rocks are wet. I had boots with great traction on and still fell a few times, including two falls that narrowly escaped serious injury, Last, Dennis Cove Rd. Is narrow and twisty, so go slow and watch for oncoming cars.

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David Murphy
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Starts out easy with a very nice walk under a leaf canopy. Then down a steep stone staircase to breathtaking waterfalls. Then back up the stairs. Loved the hike.

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Brad DeWeese
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Likely the best falls within this region. The first 1/3 of the hike is easy and flat eventually becoming more rocky with exposed root. The descent down to the falls is a structured “scramble” which is fantastic. Water was flowing well today making for a picture perfect fall day. Highly recommend.

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Patrick Skarp
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Christina Kimble
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HikingGreat!

What a fun hike! It says moderate because there's a steep and stoney downhill and uphill jaunt to the falls. We saw a caterpillar, ring necked snake and millipede. There were several species of bird. With one tree turning golden yellow at the foot of the falls, the hike was worth it. It took about 2 or 2.5 hours. It wasn't bad for these Florida flatlanders visiting relatives and family in the Elizabethton, TN. area.

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Chris Holmes-Forshee
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Nice shady. Lots of mountain laurels. Gales were beautiful

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Alyson Bradford
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CampingGreat!

Should be marked as strenuous. If your prone to asthma attacks due to too much physical activity it’s not the trail for you. My first two times were traveled at night. It was very easy to stay on path until you got down to the falls and rock steps. Do not suggest when wet, and a pair of walking sticks is extremely helpful with descending and ascending the steep rock steps. Very beautiful few totally worth the hike down and up. It was my third time when I discovered that you can go past the falls, up and around the rocks and down part of the Appalachian trail. We crossed the river to camp. It was great everyone was spaced out but friendly. Can’t wait to go again. Hope there will be more people camping across the river like we did next time.

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shiva prasad
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