Explore the most popular hiking trails near Hampton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Mostly easy hike. There were some short sections that might be just a little challenging to those who aren’t as coordinated (me). Loved the fact that the trail followed the river for a good bit.

Good easy hike for family even with small kids. Watch out for snakes along river.

A nice walk in the woods. The overnight rain left the rocky descent to the falls a little slippery. Overall, a good out and back trail making the falls very accessible. I was concerned that the warning signs about swimming near the falls had been removed. As a local, I am all too familiar with the drownings that have occurred here and this review is more to caution users of the trail to this fact than to add to what others have said.

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18 days ago

It is a great 5mi hike. parking is limited but some trail magic parking just past the entrance.

Beautiful scenery all along the river that this trail follows. Can be challenging in places, this trail has some steep areas. The view is well worth it. Pictures don’t do Laurel Falls justice, would highly recommend this trail to anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Went out here around 8 am and one of the most beautiful scenes all the way to the falls. I brought my dog along and she did great. Definitely not for the clumsy-footed when it gets closer to the falls and start climbing on rocks near the river itself for the trail; however, my dog made it with no problems and there are plenty of places to sit at the fall to rest before you head back. Would not recommend running during certain parts and watch out for people hiking the AT because they are usually carrying a lot of gear and using walking sticks. Overall amazing hike.

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1 month ago

One of the most serene hikes that I’ve done. The terrain was not difficult and there was so much beauty along this trail.

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1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Great views and cant wait to return. As stated in earlier reviews, the parking lot at the trial head is small and can fill up quickly.

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1 month ago

This was a great hike, we missed the original trail exit going down, ended up at the Laurel Fork AT shelter so we kept going down that trail but that part was tracking parallel to the original trail so we kept going and, lucky us, we came out by the waterfall. The top trail is not as easy as the lower trail, the path is very narrow, with parts that are about a foot wide with a big drop on the side, but I enjoyed it way more! There’s a waterfall crossing along the way. Once you reach the stone steps it’s fairly easy to get to the waterfall. The waterfall is absolutely stunning with a big area to relax at. You can also hike to the top of the waterfall but that part can get a bit demanding.
We came back through the lower trail and it was extremely easy (and shorter!).
Great views with lots of campfire/camping spots along the lower trail as well as “sandy” sections on the river side.
It can be easy to get lost if you’re not paying attention, trails are mostly marked but some crossings are not, that’s when this map came in handy. Also, some parts can be very slippery. Parking lot is a nightmare.
I hiked “the loop” (top + bottom) with my dog (heavy Great Dane) and she made it fine, if you have a big dog, I’d recommend being extra careful if you decide to hike the top trail.
One of my favorite hikes in the area.

Awesome view! Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Terrific trail with some stunning water views! The waterfall is well worth the hike, and the going back flies by. My two larger dogs did pretty well with some of the more slippier rock sections, and would recommend being ready to assist a small dog in a few spots. Highly recommended, we had a blast!

hiking
2 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. there are some pretty steep and challenging areas. bring a hammock to set up near the falls, you will need a nap.

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2 months ago

Nice hike, would recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks to walk over, there's a drop off in the water, below the falls, 20 feet out from the falls.
Beware small parking lot!

love this hike! but lot is small and always full, be prepared to possibly park down by the National forest sign

awesome falls, one of the most popular trails in the area. Few primitive campsites by the river (not the falls) lot is small and always full. approx 5.5 miles round trip from 321, app 175 steps from Dennis cove.

It was a beautiful waterfall and fairly easy hike but the rock stairs going down to the waterfall and coming back up were really rough. It was a very strenuous hike back up. I would not recommend bringing your dog. My greyhound struggled, even with her long legs.

Nice hike on old railbed. This trail offers views of the gorge, railway tunnels, wildflowers, the sound of gushing Doe River along the way. Well kept by owners.

Very nice trail with the creek, rock walls and rhododendrons-lots of natural beauty to enjoy. Now once you get to the rock stairs the fun is over! Difficult going down and definitely coming back up! I’m not in the best shape right now after a very long winter but even in shape I think it would be difficult. That being said, I still think it was so worth it! We’ve had rain so the falls had a lot of water flowing over the rocks. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

From Hampton trailhead, if you want a loop near the end of the trail and just before the falls, continue along trail [bypassing the initial decent] up to the AT. Continue along the trail for 10 to 15 minutes until the stone stairway trail [on the right] down to the falls, from there follow Laurel Falls trail back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail, amazing stone stairs and a beautiful water fall.

A great place to hop on the Appalachian trail. Beautiful views of the lake from most of the trail. There is a visitors center at the end of 4 miles if you need a restroom.

Probably one of the best views you will ever see with such easy access and limited amount of people. Forms aren't a big deal. The trail just shows a different view of the world.

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3 months ago

Great conditions, hiked on 3/27 with 4, 8, 9, and 12 year olds. You need to watch the little ones in parts. There are very steep drop offs. The waterfall at the end is beautiful and the trail crosses the middle of it.

Do not even attempt to bring a stroller. We saw a few folks with umbrella strollers and it was a bad idea.

My 18month old daughter and I mastered this trail today. It was such a beautiful day. It was a little confusing starting out, but once we found the trail it was a piece of cake. Pay attention to the trail markers... we missed the waterfalls by a mile because we were following the blue markers. Follow the white markers. It will lead you down about 250 stone stairs right to the waterfall! If you’re backpacking (like I was with our baby carrier) it’s HELL getting back up! All in all it was a beautiful hike and I am so happy we did this.

Fun hike, stairs are worth the climb, in and out, to see the waterfall!

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4 months ago

One of the best trails in the area! Whether you start at Cove or in Hampton both trails are very scenic and beautiful. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

Fun overnight hike but could be done in a day.

Beautiful falls and nice hike!

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4 months ago

well maintained trail, good for taking kids

Great trail - not quite 6 miles...need to be in fair shape for this one - views are great and the dam is great for pictures. Parking limited and bathrooms by the beach closed in the winter.

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