Hiking through The Great Smoky Mountains is a magical experience as you are enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature. When planning your hiking adventure make sure to visit some or all the waterfalls in the park. Hiking to the waterfalls is ideal on a hot sunny day, as the shade from the trees is perfect for keeping you cool.

As you make your way to the falls you’re encompassed by the breathtaking geological formations. You will absolutely want to bring your camera and grab a snapshot behind the falls. Enjoy a light spritz of the refreshing mountain springs during your hike. Whether it’s spring, summer or fall a waterfall hike will be great for all.

Laurel Falls Trailhead – Alert
Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff will continue efforts to eliminate unsafe roadside parking at Laurel Falls Trailhead. Temporary roadside barriers will be re-established during the busy summer season through fall, beginning Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, October 30, 2022. Unofficial parking will be blocked with temporary barriers, such as traffic cones, during this time. Visitor use management strategies such as permanent roadside parking barriers, parking reservation systems, and shuttle systems continue to be considered as a part of the Laurel Falls Trail Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA).

Waterfall Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains