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Great for fall color

This is a great trail to do if you’re in Gatlinburg and short on time; it’s just a short distance... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
travelerfromsj
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San Jose, California
Pretty, but - man!

Have to give this another less than perfect score due to the fairly extreme hike. Moderately... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tony B
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Collins, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great trail to do if you’re in Gatlinburg and short on time; it’s just a short distance away from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Unfortunately it’s also very popular, so when we arrived at around 2 pm the parking lot was full. We parked just down the road and headed up. The trail is 1.3 miles one way, with 403 feet of elevation. It’s also paved, which makes it very easy to walk even though the pavement is broken up in some places and the trail goes steadily uphill the entire way.

The waterfall at the top is 80 feet high and two-tiered, with a bridge across the middle. It was pretty enough, but what really made this hike was the gorgeous fall color we were hiking through the entire way, and the views of the hills off to the side (for reference, this was in early November).

If you’re looking for an easy hike with fall color, this is the one.

Thank travelerfromsj
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Have to give this another less than perfect score due to the fairly extreme hike. Moderately strenuous for most. Gorgeous at the top of 1.8 miles as the crow flies.

Thank Tony B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went a few weeks ago. This was our first time hiking as a family in the Great Smoky Mountains. Loved every minute of it!! It is a very popular hike. At one point there is a great open view of the mountains. The falls are beautiful & definitely worth the hike. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank generations7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thee wife and I were in the Gatlinburg area adn wanted to stop by Laurel Falls. Nice hike to the falls from the parking area. Just about 1.3 miles pretty much all uphill. Made it to the falls and realized I had been here before a number of years ago with one of my co-workers while we were working in the area. Very neat falls. Spotted a rattlesnake on the trail when we were coming back down. Excellent time hiking up and coming back down again. Coming down was much easier than the hike up!

Thank BSJ3258
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice hike, we want past the falls up the mountain. After pass falls some areas are leg burning. I was hoping for a huge waterfall. Not so. But is a nice walk.

Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Laurel Falls on October 30 2018. The hike was pleasant and easy, and you a different but fantastic view of the fall colors in every step of the way! The Laurel Falls are impressive, about 20 meters tall divided by several sections. But be careful after passing the bridge - the rocks are slippery. I highly recommend this scenic spot!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As most of the reviews have said, get there early if you want to park in the small lot next to the trail head. Otherwise, you will have to add at least another quarter mile to your hike finding a spot down the road. If you hike a lot, this trail will be easy. If not, it will be moderate due to the elevation gain. Plenty of spots to rest and take in the gorgeous views on the way to the falls. Use common sense with small children as you approach the falls, there are many steep drop offs. Warning signs are posted. Overall, I would rate this as a excellent hike with breath taking views!

Thank tntraveler67
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't rate the views! We didn't get to the hike. If you are not in the Park by 8AM to 8:30AM the Laurel Falls lots and the road could be packed with cars. Head my warning a get there early. Entering the park by 8AM got us by the parking area at a good time.

Thank KenFromIllinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know what it is about Kentucky but their idea of a waterfall and my idea of a waterfall are two vastly different things. This is a pretty strenuous hike it's over a mile and a half and it's up and down and around and has a lot of terrain changes but it's a very nice hike very doable and basically you walk it twice because it's not a loop. The waterfall at the end is nice enough. it's kind of disappointing you can't really see all of it where you end up but you have a little rest area there and you can join all of the hundreds and hundreds of people that will also be looking at it with you at the end. there is also the option to turn this hike into a much longer hike into an old-growth forest at the end we didn't do it but it looked interesting and if you're in good shape I would recommend it.

Thank Dominic C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked this trail with two kids under the age of 1, a 1.5 year old, and two 3 year olds. It’s best to put the kids in some type of pack or carrier —- or wait until they are 6/7 when they can walk the whole time on their own.

The hike was definitely a beginner hike. I would suggest going early in the morning to avoid the crowds. It was difficult to get a picture at the fall because there were so many people.

Overall it was a fun, easy hike!

Thank ThomasBride
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