Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dayton, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,233 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRock climbingSnowshoeingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Great day hike! Laurel trail segment is well marked with white metal trail markers. Look for a pink tape marked route 150 yards prior to the bridge. Snow falls segment is also clearly marked with painted white rectangles on trees. Open from 8 am to thirty minutes after sunset.

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Lynn Taylor
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Well marked. Good workout climbing through the switchbacks. May have water over your shoes or boots when you cross the headwaters of the falls along the brow.

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Abbi Anglin
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Beautiful trail along the river. First half flat then serious incline. Trail was kinda hard to follow, watch for white markers. Very clean, cool caves, rock walls for climbers. Vital, beautiful nature day. Would recommend.

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Hook em Horns
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! You are almost never out of earshot of running water. Well marked (follow the white markers on the trees or in 2-3 spots an actual sign). Very good shape with only a few muddy spots, all well maintained, some more rocky areas after about the first mile so best to have good hiking boots on if you have them. We only went to the base of Laurel Falls which made it 5 miles out+back and there is also another beautiful waterfall about halfway up (I posted a pic - if is short and wide relative to the one higher up).

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Baley Whary
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BackpackingGreat!Scramble

Beautiful area! The first mile or so is relatively flat and easy with lovely views of the river/ creek. The middle mile is more moderate with some climbing over boulders. The last mile to the camp sites is advanced/ hard but we had children with us and they managed to scramble up to the top. the creek and falls are so gorgeous and the camping was worth the climb.

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Matthew Gariepy
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Backpacking

The trail was in good shape and lots of markers to help guide you. There are several camping spots at the first campsite. The water level was a little high to cross over to see Snow Falls so we didn’t do that. Make sure you arrive before 7pm if you’re planning on staying the night, and register your vehicle on the website.

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Melissa Porter
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Trails where marked well. Some parts was a little hard but over all good trails

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Mary Jo Menke-Wright
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Beautiful trail! Water was flowing nicely over the falls after all the rain. Lots of the early wildflowers were in bloom.

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Christine Bonham
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Gorgeous!

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Ryan Zalewa
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callie hofeditz
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Beautiful trail with so much to look at on the way to the falls.

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Catherine Cox
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Kristi Krause
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The trail is definitely easy to moderate up to Laurel Falls. You can keep going past the falls where it gets very technical. Poles recommend for that portion. Get there early to get a parking spot. on the weekend it gets very full. There is also the caretaker who is occasionally in the parking lot keeping watch. He gave me the map of the area which is definitely not to scale but it's really cool. I uploaded it to the pictures tab.

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Julie Hamilton
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail along beautiful milk glass colored river rapids with large boulders. Once you start the climb on the trail to Laurel Falls it becomes much more rocky all the way to the falls with steep switchbacks the last .5 mile of so before the falls. Ran short on time, so we did not go to the overlook. Will come back to check out snow falls. So many beautiful falls & scenic views along the way!

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Brian Woomer
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Sandra Hubbell
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Gorgeous hike today! Mostly dry. Very rocky. Definitely need proper boots.

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Ben Morris
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Ben Gump
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the trail gets a little iffy at the top but it sure was beautiful.

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Amber Steinker
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HikingGreat!

Wonderful hike! One of our new favorites in the area for sure. Starts out on a nice wide, pretty flat trail along the creek and then gets a little steeper and more technical to reach the waterfall. Lots of opportunity for a rolled ankle, so be sure to wear proper hiking footwear. The rock scrambling around the waterfall is a lot of fun and scenery is gorgeous the entire way.

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Ruth Middleton
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Perfect day to be outdoors and I loved this trail! Water and views galore! The first mile or so of the trail is very shaded so be ready for possible mud/ice. There’s a mine on the way up, I didn’t venture too far in. Be sure to continue past Laurel Falls, there is lots of rock climbing just past the falls (bolts everywhere) for anyone interested, as well as stunning views and lookouts all throughout the top parts of the trail where you can look down on the falls. It is steep and there are some rock scrambles. There are off shoots everywhere at the top, I wandered around and enjoyed every vantage point. I stayed at the top, basking in the sun, and read for hours and hours, didn’t see a soul at the top, so much solitude. There is a creek crossing at the top, I took my shoes off and was fine. Even made myself stand in the cold water for twenty minutes on the way down because I figured it’d be good for my aching feet. I loved this place.

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Solamen Silva
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Next to Fiery Gizzard, Virgin Falls (Scott’s Gulf) and South Cumberland, this area has always been one of my top favorites. The artery of the trail network that runs through the Laurel-Snow Natural Area is the picturesque cascades of Henderson Creek. The initial trail follows old coal-cart paths that once frequented many of the natural areas along the Cumberland Rim. This loop has a little of everything: tons of creekside trail, a large waterfall, cascades, overlooks and a beautiful forest. The trail conditions are clear and well maintained, but there is considerable elevation gain that might be a challenge for some beginners. Directions and landmarks: At mile 0.1, there is a small creek crossing. At mile 0.2, you cross a bridge over a cascades. Make sure to look upstream for an amazing cascading waterfall. At mile 0.4, you pass beside an old tunnel. At mile 1.3, you cross another bridge. At mile 1.6, you take a switchback that brings you higher up the ridge, away from the creek. At mile 2.0, you cross a large aluminum bridge across Laurel Creek. On the other side of the bridge, turn right to head towards Laurel Falls. At mile 2.6, you reach the base of Laurel Falls. If you choose to head to the top of the falls, turn left to walk along the base of the bluffs. At mile 2.8, turn right at a tree with orange tape labeled “Climb Here.” At mile 2.9, you reach an overlook with a view of Laurel Falls. At mile 3.0, continue straight past the side trail to Laurel Falls Campsite. At mile 3.2, you cross over Laurel Creek above the head of the falls. At mile 3.5, look for a small trail leading off to the right. At mile 3.9, you reach the turnaround point at Brian Overlook. At mile 4.4, you cross Laurel Creek again. At mile 4.7, you reached the rock scramble/climbing section. At mile 5.0, at the Snow/Laurel Falls intersection, turn left to cross the bridge and head toward the trailhead.

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Kristi Spencer
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Tracy Payne
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Rondi Garner
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Really gorgeous river hike. Wide river with huge rapids the whole hike. Saw a kayaker carrying his boat up the trail. He said there were a couple class fives up by the waterfall, which is huge. 2.5 mile hike to the waterfall. There's even an old coal mine cave you can explore if you have a flashlight.

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Jessica Bishop
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Casey Kramer
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This trail has EVERYTHING! Mountain views, water everywhere, elevation gain, etc. It is well maintained and marked perfectly. We got there mid morning and the parking lot was about 1/4 full... by the time we left it was almost full. Get there early for a bit less people ;)

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Ashley Tipton
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Fantastic. You are near water most of the trail and there are lots of points of interest—the creek, mine, bridges, and 2 waterfalls. My Dad and I completed this together. I highly recommend and will be returning!

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