Explore the best wheelchair friendly trails in Tennessee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Loved this trail! Took a rookie backpacker to break in and it was a perfect first timer! I agree that this is an easy hike but if you plan to backpack it can be challenging at times with ~25% of your body weight attached to your back! My only complaint is that the 50' metal bridge that crosses Laurel Creek all the guides talk about is no longer there and we were very confused with no bridge and no blazes visible on the other side. Laurel Falls was fabulous! One guide suggested exploring the first section (mining area) on the way in so you are not too tired to explore on the way out. We did it on the way in AND the way out and still felt like we could have explored more so be sure to not pass right by this wonderful area. I uploaded some images we took. April is perfect with cool nights, not so hot days, wild flowers everywhere, falls with good amounts of water, enough greenery to add to the beauty but not enough to hinder views of the falls, and dogwoods in full bloom. The trail was easy to follow most of the time but with so many spur trails, don't let down your guard and neglect watching for white blazes. Rock scrambles can get tricky but so worth it!
Lovely hike! This trail crosses several mountains to get back to the falls. The falls are pretty and a good place to catch your breath before the hike back.
Keep your eyes peeled. We saw a bear as it crossed the trail in front of us. The bears are used to people just don't do anything to provoke them.
Absolutely beautiful drive and walk up to the waterfall. This trail is so incredibly busy though, it was hard to concentrate on the beauty while people were bumping into you though. The waterfall area was hard to find a good spot to stand at because of how populated it was. It definitely was a beautiful trail, and I'd go again!