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.
DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD
From the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, drive 3.8 miles to the top of Fighting Creek Gap. The Laurel Falls parking lot will be on your right.
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate