Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 149 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 469 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

running

forest

views

waterfall

rocky

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rocky
scramble
4 hours ago

The falls were very full and picturesque thanks to the recent rain and flooding. The trail itself is relatively easy until you get to the almost 300 rock stairs that take you down to the falls.

hiking
4 days ago

Laurel flowed powerfully today due to recent rain and snow - beautiful as always. The stairs are fun going down, but a nice challenge going back up. When heading down the stairs after recent rain, see if you can hear and see the tiny waterfall/stream that tumbles down the mountain to your right.

rocky
13 days ago

trail is easy until the descent to the falls it is well worth the hike to the falls

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rocky
22 days ago

I loved this trail. Only 2.5 miles but fairly demanding going down to and back up from the falls. Beautiful and, best thing, part of the AT.

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rocky
24 days ago

Beautiful falls and mostly easy trail. Be prepared to climb a heck of a lot of rocks down to the falls and then back up to the trail. Personally wasn't a deal breaker for me, since the falls were so great and the rainy weather cooled me off, ha!

gorgeous hike. one of the marked trees is down but it's so well maintained you won't have any trouble finding your way

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rocky
29 days ago

Very easy hike which was nice until the descent down to the waterfall. Waterfall was gorgeous

hiking
3 months ago

The falls is really beautiful, especially with the fall colors in late October. Went early afternoon on a friday and it was pretty quiet, only 3 other people enjoying the falls. Parking lot is really small and definitely can't fit many cars, but there is a private lot nearby where you can park for a dollar, seems to be based off the honors system. Lastly make sure you're able to climb over a 100 steps because it sure is steep going back up after the falls.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! Well maintained trail. Like previous reviews, easy going until the steps down to the falls. Just paced myself on the way back up from the falls. Well worth the trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike through the woods. The trail is pretty easy and flat until the descent to the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail beautiful falls tough over 300 steps down, and back up!

hiking
4 months ago

HIGHLY RECOMMEND We hiked this last year some parts of the trail is easy and some of it is really tough or at least it was for me this is a really beautiful place

hiking
4 months ago

This was my regular hiking spot when I lived in the area. Beautiful. This hike has it all- a little challenge, scenery, a waterfall reward. I’d do it again and again. Add on the lower trail for a bonus.

hiking
4 months ago

easy little hike, very pretty

hiking
6 months ago

We had a great day.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Have done this hike twice in the last couple months and enjoyed it a lot both times. This time was an adventure with 4 adults and 5 kids ages 3-7 years old. The hike is relatively easy and not super strenuous until you reach the rock stairs down to the falls. I wouldn’t recommend this hike if you have leg or knee issues. Take breaks as you need them and take your time and you should be just fine. The view at the falls is totally worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike until you start back...

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rocky
7 months ago

This was a fun trail with a great waterfall. Our kids loved walking through where they blasted through the mountains to build the trail and the bridge. I loved the scenic river that this trail goes along. We had three kids and a small dog so while the rocky steps down/up were a little challenging, it was manageable. Our youngest kid is 3 and had to be carried up and down them at some points. If you go in the river, be careful as the rocks are super slippery. Try stepping on the sand as much as possible.

hiking
7 months ago

I was blown away by the falls. The hike there wasn’t bad if you’re coming from the gravel lot off the AT. Those steps near the waterfall though are pretty rough. I’m very short and chubby so I had some difficulty coming back up from the falls but the way down wasn’t too awful. I heard some other people talking about coming from the Hampton line and it was a 4 mile hike one way that way. I will definitely be coming back.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail. Love the bridge area and the waterfall is spectacular

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! The falls were gorgeous and the trail is well kept. Good for dogs too.

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rocky
8 months ago

Excellent view of falls. Beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. Parking in shade after a 3.2 mile curvy road in. Hike starts off pretty flat, Nell maintained, easy walk. Stairs down to Falls not well marked, but easy to see if you're looking for them. LOTS of stone stairs down, not a lot of sight seeing going on at this point! Falls are beautiful! We actually hiked small trail up to the top and then decided to hike out on the spur/ridge back towards the main trail. Cross-country up the spur was not fun, but we made and had some wonderful views.

9 months ago

Best enjoyed after a big snow!

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