Laurel Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#3 of 12 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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. Make Laurel Falls a part of your Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation plans using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour planner .
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  • The weather couldn't have been better - 75 in November!!!! We took advantage of the great weather to hike to Laurel Falls. Boy the view was spectacular.... The fall colors were just great - the best w...  more »
  • The 3 of us took a morning hike up to Laurel falls on a Wednesday morning. We had driven by the entrance on Monday and it was absolutely packed in cars were parking down the road. By the time we left ...  more »
  • This is a doable hike (2.6 miles) for people in decent shape. I would not recommend for young children or adults who might not have the stamina. The trail is paved roughly but inclined almost the enti...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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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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