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Distance:
2.5 Miles / 4.0 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~15 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Paved
Park:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Town:
Sevierville, Tennessee
Directions:
35.671843, -83.580483
Added:
September 06, 2017
Updated:
January 23, 2020
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332 '

Total Change
406 '

Ascent
404 '

Descent

The Laurel Falls Trail at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN is a moderate heavily-trafficked 2.5 mile out-and-back hike from Fighting Creek Gap rd to Laurel Falls - one of the Smoky's most iconic waterfalls.

The hike is very dangerous as there are many places along the trail where there are 50 to 70 foot cliffs. Some of them are right by the waterfall itself where traffic tends to pile up, so be careful. On our hike out, a group of people did not move over for us and blocked the trail in multiple dangerous places - do not be these people. Trail etiquette and space is highly recommended because people have died hiking this trail.

All dangers aside, this is one of the best day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains because it's not a difficult hike. The entire trail is paved up to Laurel Falls, but has fallen apart in certain areas, so watch your step.

Prepare for a ton of people here. This is one of the most popular hikes at the Smokys, so the trail is often littered with people. If you like hikes with less people, Spruce Flat Falls is a much better option and quite honestly is just as good as Laurel Falls.

Dogs and biking are not allowed here.

Explore 3 trails near Sevierville, TN
  1. Parking

    35.671843, -83.580483
  2. Main Trailhead

    35.672135, -83.580835
  3. Vista of neighboring mountains

    35.672242, -83.591042
    Vista of neighboring mountains
  4. Laurel Falls

    35.677464, -83.593164
    Laurel Falls
  5. Laurel Falls

    35.677519, -83.593192
    Laurel Falls
  6. Laurel Falls spilling further downhill

    35.677494, -83.593186
    Laurel Falls spilling further downhill
  7. Laurel Falls

    35.677494, -83.593186
    Laurel Falls
  8. Laurel Falls spilling further downhill

    35.677544, -83.593331
    Laurel Falls spilling further downhill
  9. Vista of neighboring mountains

    35.674094, -83.592347
    Vista of neighboring mountains
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2.5 miles / 4.0 km
Trail added
September 06, 2017
Hiked on
September 02, 2017
Updated on
January 23, 2020
2.5 miles / 4.0 km
March 09, 2018
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2.5 miles / 4.0 km
September 02, 2017
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