Laurel Falls


The Laurel Falls Trail is a hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail ascends Cove Mountain (elev. 4,077 ft (1,243 m); 1,372 m), leading past Laurel Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the national park, en route to the summit of Cove Mountain and the Cove Mountain fire tower.

  • The Laurel Falls Trail is paved over the first 1.3 miles (2.1 km) of its course, where it runs just in front of Laurel Falls, the single most popular attraction via trail in the national park.
  • The historic lookout tower at the end of the trail is one of only three remaining in the national park, but due to safety hazards is generally not considered safe to climb.
  • The trailhead is located off Fighting Creek Gap Road inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, less than four miles (6 km) from the park headquarters at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

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