Laurel Falls in the Smoky Mountains


Within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you'll find close to 800 miles of hiking trails. When it comes to the best hikes to take, Laurel Falls tops the list.

Laurel falls 

Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named after mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. 

The spectacular waterfall consist of upper and lower section, bisected by a walkway that passes over the Laurel Branch stream.

An  extremely popular hiking destination in the Smokies. The trail has a slight incline and is bumpy in areas, but completely paved and should be relatively easy for most people.

LAurel Falls Trail

Begins from Fighting Creek Gap on Little River Road, located 3.8 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The main parking lot for Laurel Falls will be on your right, with additional parking across the street.

laurel falls trailhead



80 foot cascading Laurel Falls at the end of trail

Skill Level


Elevation Gain (Total)

~300 feet

Elevation Gain (per Mile)

273 Feet

Curved Dotted Line
Brush Stroke

Length: 2.6 miles out and back Time to Hike: About 2 hours

How long does it take to hike to Laurel Falls?

Black Bears are active in this area, so prepare accordingly.

Be Aware

Laurel Falls

Plan your hike for early in the morning or late in the day to  too much crowd.

(Hiking Tips)

Laurel Falls is an excellent spot for a photo op. Don't forget to bring your CAMERA!

Laurel Falls Trail in Great Smoky Mountains is a Trail For the Whole Family!