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Laurel Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(4.4/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Featuring numerous plunges and cascades, 24 m (80 ft) high Laurel Falls is divided into upper falls and lower falls sections with a walkway cutting through. The trail that runs through the falls provides an overlook. You can reach the falls, one of the most popular attractions in the park, from a 2.1 km (1.3 mi) paved hiking trail that is ranked easy to moderate--but take note that it is sometimes slippery. Be wary of the historic lookout tower at the end of the trail; it is considered too unsafe to climb. Put Laurel Falls into our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I sure wish I was in better shape because this 2.5 mile hike each way was killer. The falls were beautiful and worth it but the hike was painful. :) 
  • This hike seemed long, as I was "dragging" my 5 yr old, but it had some great views out over the mountains to stop and look at. The path is narrow, but not heartstoppingly, at times with no rails, so ...  more »
  • We hiked this with young children and the walk is definitely worth the gorgeous falls at the end! Highly recommend! 
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  • Great waterfall and good walk. We took family of all ages and from 2 to 70 yrs old and enjoyed by all. One or two benches near the top but not really stroller or wheelchair accessible. One family member got overheated and the park volunteers were great and attentive. Offered juice and guest completed the trip. What an amazing job the volunteers to and should be thanked if you see them on the trail. Not only do they volunteer their time but also carry their own supplies at their cost.
  • Great hike to the falls. Is pretty well paved all the way to the falls but is not ADA certified. It is still a good elevation change so don't take it lightly. Having said that we saw plenty of people of all abilities making the hike. We continued on the couple miles past to the next trailhead. The trail past the falls was in great shape as well.
  • Loved the trail walk. Beautiful views of the mountains, trees and fall foliage . A relaxing and enjoyable walk. 1.3 miles one way. Laurel falls has couple ledges. One can get to the top ledge near the fall if confident of climbing up. One can see all ages on the trail. It is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.
  • Very good trail but the falls weren't extremely spectacular. Beautiful scenery on the way and easy to navigate, but posts with numbers on them are NOT to tell the distance cuz some are close together and others far apart.
  • Firstly, I want to point out that these falls are very small. It is a pretty nice hike and there are great views, but it is not much of a waterfall. The hike is extremely long and Uphill the entire way. I wouldn't say it is expert level but it is for the physically fit. They also recommend not taking strollers , but I would say stroller should not be allowed on the trail. We did take a four-wheeled stroller and it was a very challenging situation due to the wash out on the trail. The actual viewing area for the Falls is extremely small and on a crowded day you were basically shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone around you.