Date Explored: September 16, 2012
If you have an extra two hours available during your trip, be sure to check out Laurel Falls.
The Smokies Adventure team set off early one morning to tackle this trail and was pleasantly surprised with the beauty of this exploration.
This easy/moderate trail (around two miles roundtrip) has a
gradual incline that took us up into the mountains. Be sure to
bring water and wear appropriate clothes that breathe well.
The trail itself took us along many curves, and we discovered beautiful scenery along the way. I saw a ton of great photo oportunities, so this is a must if you enjoy photography. Some notable scenery opportunities would be cliff faces covered in foliage, mountainscapes, and the occasional stream and spring.
Finally, we came around a curve and heard the rush of water
echo through the ountain. From here, you're only a few minutes
from Laurel Falls.
When we arrived at the falls, it was cool and breezy. There were many others up there at the time who were celebrating their adventure by frolicking in the pooled water, taking photos, and enjoying the view.
Trail Safety Notes:
- Watch out for slick rocks around the waterfall.
- Treat water obtained in the backcountry before drinking. Backcountry camping requires a permit.
- Be sure to watch out for bears, as they are active in this area. Do not approach them.
- Watch children closely. Keep your hiking party together.
- No bikes or dogs are allowed on this trail.
- Lock your car when you leave it unattended.