Laurel Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful falls! The hike is pretty long and mostly up hill, so plan accordingly. We hiked it with our children, 7&6 years old, & they managed ok.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Trail is paved even though broken in spots this allows people of all ages and abilities to better make the trek up the elevated incline to a beautiful splendor of God's creation. Stop along the path a...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Great hike with kids and elderly. Paved, gets busy at waterfalls. Take ur time and enjoy the path. Some pic opportunities.  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    We did this trail with an 15 month and 4 year old. It was a fairly easy hike and the falls were beautiful. We were told that strollers could be taken on the trail, but would not advise it. We wore our youngest in a carrier. There are some steep drops offs, I would recommend doing the trail with older kids or a good adult to child ratio.
  • May 29, 2017
    A fairly easy hike on a paved trail. Some good views of the Smokies. The falls are beautiful. This is a busy trail, so if you're looking for some solitude I wouldn't suggest this one.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great, easy hike. It's usually very busy, but don't let that stop you from going. It's a paved trail and it's only about a mile hike. If you're in the area, definitely stop by and see it!
  • April 18, 2017
    A very short hike and you come up to a beautiful natural formation. The hike is 1.3 miles and is paved. An 80+ year old woman made it to the top while we were there. If she can do it, then the whole family can! It's great to take kids up there and small room to dip your feet in after the climb.
  • April 19, 2017
    Beautiful!! Be ready to walk 2 miles of inclined trail, I had the death look, but it's worth it once you get to the falls. You can just sit relax and enjoy the view or the water...I actually got somewhat in it. It was freezing! Anyways, coming down is the easy part, but definitely worth it! Visit the Sugarland Visitor's Center for info.

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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