“80 foot high waterfall!”
Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. The waterfall consists of an upper and a lower section, divided by a walkway which crosses the stream at the base of the upper falls. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer.
This was SO fun for the kids. super easy paved trail with beautiful views of the mountains. There is a bridge that goes over the middle of the waterfall when you get to it... if you wear water shoes or hiking boots you can even walk down the rocks to the very bottom of the falls (I would recommend this if you are even a little bit interested in staying out of the huge crowd at the waterfall)
Beautiful trail with a beautiful water fall! We saw two bears and one even crossed our trail! Super cool!
Great sight and great path and lots of room for parking an RV- hard to find with many paths.
It happened to be raining when we went to see it but was worth the 2.2 mile hike there and back.
Nice paved hike all the way to the falls. It has a bit of an incline, but the falls make it worth the work. Very busy as this is one of the most popular falls to visit.
Visit the website, some areas are closed for improvements.
A beautiful falls and well worth the walk.
This was a fairly easy hike! I can see why it’s so popular. We started our trek at about 3:30 pm and with 2 adults of about 68 years old, 2 kids about 9 and 11, plus my husband and me (around age 40) we made it there in about an hour. There were lots of hills and valleys along the paved path which narrows in many places with the edge of one side being a drop off down to the riverbed and the other side as rock and ground. It was humid August day, so we took lots of water and a backpack with snacks. I’m so glad we did. There were lots of people there at the falls - some hiking down into the lower part as well as above the falls - but the main group hung out at the spot where the trail meets the water. I highly recommend this. Definitely bring your camera to take photos but don’t lock into it so you can enjoy the scenery. The parking area was easy and the trail begins a short walk down from the parking lot.
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