Laurel Falls is a beautiful hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a fairly easy, partially paved trail to an 80-foot waterfall. One the morning we hiked it there was some rain, which meant we only passed a few other hikers on this otherwise popular hike.
We got to see the Smoky Mountains shrouded in fog like it’s name suggests!
The parking area is kind of small, so get there early, especially in the summer or on weekends. The trail winds up through the trees.
I loved seeing the mists through the trees, so I kept taking photos!
The trail is partially paved, but it would be quite rough with a stroller or wheelchair because it’s broken up in many places.
Since we were there in October, the fall leaves were stunning!
Here are the beautiful Laurel Falls. It is surrounded by little shrubs called Laurel, which is why this is called Laurel Mountain.
Also, be sure to check out Cades Cove nearby.
Stats: Distance – 2.6 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 396 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – Partially paved, dirt, and rocks
Bathrooms – No
Seasons – Year Round
Permits needed – None (Great Smoky Mountain National Park is free)
Pets allowed – No
Map to Laurel Falls