Laurel Run Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Laurel Run Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Church Hill, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Set along the beautiful and serene Holston River, this 440 acre park was the backdrop for the 1984 movie, The River, starring Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek. After the conclusion of the movie the property was ceded to Hawkins County.

hiking
2 days ago

Great little hike with a couple of nice waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail with a few hidden gems. This trail can be very challenging in Spring or Winter when water levels are up. There are a few Creek crossings depending on how far you go and if you seek the lesser known Kiner Falls or Logger Falls. Overall great scenery with high chance of seeing a deer and maybe a black bear.

3 months ago

The trail has improved over the years. It is well maintained and is a great trail for beginners. There are 2 spots on the main trail going towards the waterfall that are steep for those that may have trouble with walking up, but besides that it's an amazing and beautiful location. Also great for Dogs as long as you keep them on a leash they are allowed. If you're wanting to see the waterfall at its best go a day or two after a good rainfall.

hiking
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Well maintained trail, great hike for family and dogs. Waterfall is very dependent on rainfall. May try to go back after a good rain.

7 months ago

It would be nice to actually see something than the same pictures over and over again a hundred times and this is for everyone trail that ive looked at so far. Learn how to take better pictures that will actually get people interested in going there.

hiking
8 months ago

Go right after it rains so the waterfalls are impressive.

9 months ago

I love this trail. The waterfall is very pretty and most definitely take a DSLR camera to make the most of it. I would call this an easy to moderate trail. Pretty popular. I've hiked this trail early spring and fall. Very nice.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike and waterfall, not incredibly difficult.

hiking
10 months ago

great trail with beautiful scenery. we will be back!

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice. The scent of wild jasmine was intoxicating.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice hike with wildflowers, creeks, waterfalls and even a very long black snake

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Monday, April 10, 2017

We loved that it's close to home, a hike not too short of long, the waterfall and park are beautiful. We took our pup and he loved it as much as we did! So worth going to and great for kids too!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Good short trip

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Really enjoyed this trail with my kiddos. Had a lot of fun and definitely would like to go back again soon.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

beautiful area and we saw a few extra waterfalls on past the main three falls. enjoyed the new bridge and rocks to cross the creek

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Great little hike

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great hike, there were a lot of things to explore

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's very peaceful and beautiful place

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Moderate hike to the cascade waterfall along the creek. There were a few wildflowers. We went beyond the waterfall on the trail toward Bays Mountain about a mile. The trail leaves the creek at a cutback not far after a second cascade. Saw some old farmhouses along the way.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great little 2 mile trek to and from your car. A small but perfect waterfall is about a mile up the trail for you to cool off in. It's great for all ages

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Quick and easy hike. Just one small creek you have to cross and it's almost impossible to not get your feet wet. Kids will love this trail especially since there's a playground at Laurel Run park.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

beautiful, not too hard or too long.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Scenic and a pretty simple hike

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Visited in March, easy walk up an old service road to the first two falls. Pretty views of the river and plenty of cascades too. Be forewarned road is not gravel, was very muddy and slippery. Looking forward to revisiting and seeing the other falls and heading into Bays

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Visited laurel run park in March, old service road most of the way up but not gravel, may be pretty muddy and slick depending on recent weather. easy incline up to the first two falls, which are small but very pretty. plenty of pretty cascades the whole way too. Look forward to going back for the other falls and plan to go into Bays

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Have hiked this trail several times in each season. It's a great quick getaway. The fall is nice and there are three more accessible falls you can hike to on above the main fall

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

Hiked this trail with my three sons (9,7,5). They loved the waterfalls and the abandoned shacks along the trail. We went about two miles out and back. A nice, easy trail, well marked though it gets a little narrower as you get more into the Bay Mountain area. The camping and playground in the park are also really nice.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Not a bad trail. Fairly easy to reach the first two falls, slight incline, a creek crossing and some rocks. The third set of falls, Logger Falls, is a little more challenging to reach. Basically, you rock hop all the way to the falls but its well worth the hike. Only other issue I had is the trails are poorly marked and the signs have been removed

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Nice easy creek trail for the quick day-trip with family. Several small waterfalls and rock ledges along the creek make for a scenic hike. Old, creepy cabins are scattered along the trail which my dog was quite interested in exploring. Park is very well kept. Will go back for sure!

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