Laurel Fork Falls Hike
Located in the congressionally designated Pond Mountain Wilderness, Laurel Falls is a popular destination for hikers due to its immense size (40’ high & 50’ wide) and picturesque setting. The hike to the falls can be challenging and requires good footwear and physical ability.
There are two prefered routes for reaching the falls: either by way of the nearly 5.5 mile Hampton Blueline/Laurel Falls Trail (#501) combined with a hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (#1), or the more moderate route along the Appalachian Trail from Dennis Cove (approximately 2.6 miles roundtrip).
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||This is a hiking only trail. Recreation in congressionally designated Wilderness is intended to be primitive in nature. Group size is limited to 10 people. For more information about congressionally designated Wilderness, please visit www.wilderness.net.|
Via Hampton Blueline (#501):
Directions: from Hampton follow TN-67 E/US- 321 S to Laurel Falls trailhead on right.
Trail Information: From Laurel Falls Trailhead follow Hampton Blueline Trail (#501) blue blaze))* to intersection with Appalachian Trail (#1) white blaze)). Turn right (Trail south) onto AT and follow for approx 1.5 miles to the falls. *Trail #501 forks. Take either high water trail (left 1.0 miles) or low water trail (right 1.5 miles) to AT.
Via Appalachian Trail (#1) at Dennis Cove:
Directions: From Hampton (TN-67E/US-321 S) turn right onto Dennis Cove Rd for approximately 3.7 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Trail Information: From Dennis Cove AT Trailhead, follow the AT (#1- white blaze) northbound for approximately 1.3 miles to the falls.
Alerts & Warnings
- FIRE RESTRICTIONS ON THE FOREST
- Road to Beauty Spot Scenic Overlook (aka Indian Grave Gap) closed
- Watauga Ranger District Office closed for renovations
- Closure Map for Bald River Falls Bridge replacement project
- Food and Refuse Food Requirements to Protect Bears
- Closures for Black Bear Fire are now open
- Tweed Springs Fire Roads and Trails Reopen
- Fireworks illegal on Cherokee National Forest
- Temporary road closure of Flatwoods Road