Explore the most popular views 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.

hiking
10 days ago

simple hike of the highway

Fun, short hike. Be aware, even though it's listed as moderate, there is a very steep (pretty intense) staircase to get down to the falls.

Very pleasant hike a couple weeks ago. There is ample parking at the Forest Service sign just down from Oliver Hollow Road. There is good parking at the other end also. The shelter and surrounding areas were closed due to bear activity, but we were day hiking. The views from the dam are incredible. We were there just after a flood and the south end was very boggy, but easily passable.

I am a beginner in hiking and not very fit at this time. I tried this hike and loved it. except, I was unable to get down to the waterfall. I only made it halfway down and barely made it up again. I will attempt this again once I am more conditioned to do that. I am 40-50lbs overweight and 50 years old. but I will try again soon.
so I would say the trail is nice for beginners but the falls...Lord have mercy!!!
Sonja

on Laurel Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

have been doing thus trail for 40 years now every since i moved here from California. My husband(at time friend/boyfriend) and his three cousins walked it and swam at falls and along tge way everyday for the first 2 months of my moving here. It is a wonderful hike. Easy except for going back up rock steps if you take the high route. We still take the route that follows the river all the way. A flood took out part of that trail and that is why they rerouted it up the jigger trail which also makes it higher. Since you are already on higher trail when you get to the stop over for gikers to camp go to left of it and follow that trail to a pretty waterfall sliding down a huge rock not far out of way and beautiful

Beautiful moderate hike - even (especially?) in the rain.

Beautiful hike down to the falls. Most of the hike is moderate, but the trail down to the falls is long and steep. Stone stairs are helpful, but can be slippery if wet. Falls were awesome. Well worth the trek down.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good hiking path that is worth the adventure.

Moderate hike, access to the lake at various points along the trail. Highly recommend.

awesome hike wore the dig down pretty good.

hiking
2 months ago

My 3rd trip to this beautiful waterfall and I would definitely do it again! I definitely think you should take the trail by the river, over the trail by the campsite because of the better view.

hiked this trail at 730am and it was beautiful and peaceful. The only strenuous part was the stairs coming back up from the falls, very rocky.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous Waterfall at the end

Nice hike, not too difficult for its elevation gain and length. Manageable slope most of the time. The waterfall was cool. 4 stars bc there are pretty much no views in the summer when on the mountain. However, we ended our hike with a dip in the lake which was amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice, easy hike to take up an afternoon. We took the high trail and it was easy to miss the turn down the stairs to the falls. It’s a great place to take a dip

hiking
3 months ago

Today was our first time on this trail... if you aren’t familiar it can get sorta confusing! Once you come to the first split, it’s A LOT shorter & easier instead of cutting left.. (like we did) the waterfall is DEFINITELY worth the hike! We ran into 4 snakes, 2 were very close we could have stepped on.. wasn’t very crowded at all with several places to stop; so much beautiful scenery.... overall it was an amazing hike!! :)

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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
5 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
5 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.

hiking
5 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!

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