Laurel Falls

This stunning waterfall, named for the mountain laurel that blooms along the trail and around the falls in May is a jewel Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The popularity of Laurel Falls in the Smoky Mountains is attributed not only to its breathtaking beauty but also to the accessibility for hikers of all ages and skill levels. It’s a must-visit for families, nature lovers, and anyone looking to be captivated by a natural wonder.

Hike to Stunning Views

The trail to Laurel Falls is a paved 2.6-mile round trip path, making it one of the more accessible hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The moderate incline to the waterfall allows visitors to enjoy a leisurely walk through the forest, with opportunities to find wildlife and admire the views along the way. The trail’s endpoint is the magnificent 80-foot-high Laurel Falls, which is divided into an upper and lower section with a walkway crossing the stream at the base of the upper falls.

A Year-Round Attraction

Laurel Falls is a captivating sight throughout the year. However, when spring and summer rolls around, the surrounding woodlands come alive with color and wildlife. The fall brings a dramatic change as the foliage turns to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, offering a stunning contrast against the cascading water. Even in winter, the falls have a unique beauty, with ice formations adding to the magical atmosphere of the area.

Visitor Information

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round, and there is no fee to enter the park or to hike to Laurel Falls. However, parking at the trailhead is limited, and due to the popularity of this hike, it is advisable to arrive early in the day to secure a parking spot, especially during the peak tourist seasons in summer and fall. The National Park Service occasionally implements parking restrictions or shuttle services to manage congestion, so it’s best if you check the park’s official website for the latest information before visiting.

Staying Safe and Preserving Nature

Wear appropriate footwear and remain cautious as the path can be slippery, especially after rain. Preserve the natural beauty for visitors to come by following the Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash and stay on the designated trails.

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