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Laurel Falls In Tennessee

Not far from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, hikers can enjoy the 1.3 mile trek to Laurel Falls, one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 80′ tall, a railed-walkway divides the upper and lower sections of the waterfall.


The trail at Laurel Falls was completed in 1932 at a cost of $590, providing fire crews access to the Cove Mountain area in the event of a fire. Three years later, a fire tower was completed. By 1960, frequent trail use and erosion were problematic, and, as part of the 1963 Accelerated Works Projects grant to the Department of Interior, the trail was paved. Today, with over 800 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, only four trails are paved for a total of three miles.



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Here’s a short video of Laurel Falls


9 responses to “Laurel Falls In Tennessee”

  1. almeidadepaulo Avatar

    Stunning Phil, have a nice weekend!!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Glad you like it, Paulo! Thanks, you too.

      1. almeidadepaulo Avatar

        It’s my pleasure Phil!!!

  2. Robin King Avatar
    Robin King

    Exquisite, all. An extraordinary place, shown beautifully! ($590 in 1932?! I wonder what it would cost now!)

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, Robin. I agree – it would probably cost a bundle, today!

  3. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

    Love the history and images, Phil!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Cool, Felipe – it was a nice hike!

  4. BallesWorld Avatar

    Beautiful landscape 🤩🤩🤩

    1. Phil Avatar

      Glad you like it, Balle – the weather was nice for a hike that day!

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