Laurel Falls is an extremely popular destination within the park. Parking can be a problem during peak season. If you're looking to avoid crowds, you may want to begin your hike early in the morning, during the early evening, on a weekday, or during the off-season. Due to the extreme popularity, the Park Service realized at some point that they needed to pave the trail to Laurel Falls. You'll find a lot of families with young children on this trail. If you do plan to hike with young children, we highly suggest keeping a close eye on them at all times. The trail passes next to some very steep drop-offs, especially as you get closer to the falls.