Hike to Laurel Falls



2.3 miles

Elevation Gain

314 ft

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Added by Allison Herreid

Laurel Falls Trail is an easy hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Laurel Mountain and an 80-foot waterfall...no big deal! Go for sunrise or sunset to avoid the decent sized crowds, especially on the weekends.

This straightforward but scenic hike follows a paved trail to the falls, which is among the most popular in the park.

This trail can be especially crowded during the summer, so make sure to arrive early. Keep an eye out for a few steep drop-offs to either side of the trail, along the way. There have also been black bear sightings in this area.

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🥇Top Contributor

8 months ago

Nice short hike

This is a great hike regardless of the crowds.

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10 months ago

Another great hike!

Another wonderful hike in GSMNP! Beautiful scenery. Easy hike!


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10 months ago

My favorite in the park

GSMNP has so many Cascades and waterfalls, but this is my favorite. Mainly because of the “tiered” nature of these falls. You can splash or play in between them. But be careful, the rocks are slick. People have fallen here.

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about 2 years ago

The perfect hike for families

Laurel Falls is a fun and easy hike for families, the elderly and those who want to see some decent views of the mountains and a waterfall. Beware, this hike is extremely crowded so I highly recommend you begin in the early morning or late afternoon. There is plenty of parking near the trailhead and the trail can be completed in about 60 minutes round-trip. It is also stroller friendly, well-marked and well-paved.

almost 3 years ago

Loved it!

Loved this hike! We were new to hiking but overall a pretty active family. We had no trouble at all on this hike and even made the climb to the bottom of the fall. Kids ages 8, 10, 11, 12. It was a little crowded. Would go earlier in the day next time.

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