Smoky Mountain Waterfalls: Laurel Falls

Smoky mountain rocky waterfall river flowing in autumn fall leaves nature

Laurel Falls has a spectacular waterfall that is 60 feet high. It is one of the most popular in the trails in the Smoky Mountian park. It also is popular due to how easy it is to hike. It is 2.5 miles roundtrip through a pine-oak forest and follows a paved trail. The trail cuts through the middle of a series of cascades. The mountain laurel, which is abundant along this trail, blooms in mid May. The trail crosses through Laurel Branch at the base of the upper cascade of the falls. The fall is divided in the middle by the trail and a pleasant pool. The trailhead is located on Little River Road to Fighting Creek Gap, between Sugarlands Visitors Center and Elkmont Campground.