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Laurel Falls

Bring the kids on a serene and easy paved trail to reach some of the most stunning cascades in the mountainous park.

Laurel Falls is a lovely waterfall at the end of its namesake hiking trail on Cove Mountain. The 80-foot (24-meter) cascade is one of the highlights of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Marvel at the powerful force of the water as it spreads across several layers of rock and tumbles into the gorge below. 

Due to the popularity of the trailhead, the first 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) of the path is paved with dark concrete, providing a moderate journey to Laurel Falls for the entire family. Note, however, that portions of the trail have steep drop-offs. Check the regular wooden posts to see how far you are from the waterfall. Bring food along to enjoy a picnic in the dense woodland. 

Listen for the roar of the crashing water as you begin to approach the towering waterfall. When you reach the falls, admire the multi-level cascades and feel the cool mist in your face. 

If you want more exercise, continue along the steeper upper section of the trail, which delves into dense woodland filled with ancient trees. In springtime, pink rhododendrons provide a flowery canopy. Complete the trek and take care as you approach the base of the historic lookout tower on Cove Mountain. The tower is no longer safe to climb; however, you can appreciate the serenity of this peaceful spot. 

The cascade takes its name from the evergreen laurel shrub that decorates the scenic woodlands. The trail was created in 1932 to allow fire services to reach Cove Mountain in case of a forest fire. Hike to these popular falls in the morning to avoid the crowds and have good lighting for photographs. Note that the trail is paved, but it is considered too rough for strollers or wheelchairs.

Laurel Falls is in the northwestern section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Drive 8 miles (13 kilometers) southwest from Gatlinburg, which will take roughly 20 minutes. Visit other landmarks in the park, such as the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cataract Falls and Little River.


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    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Gatlinburg cabin is located in the mountains, 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Laurel Falls, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park. Gatlinburg Space Needle and Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Gatlinburg, this cabin is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Laurel Falls and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and Gatlinburg Space Needle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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                Located in Chalet Village, this condo building is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Gatlinburg Convention Center and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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