Laurel Falls Trail : Hiking In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Laurel Falls Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

Laurel Falls Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

Laurel Falls Trail : Hiking In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It’s been awhile since I have hiked in the mountains. Probably a few months, which is way too long to go without hitting the trails.

Today’s hike was to Laurel Falls to photograph a sweet proposal taking place at the waterfall. Everything about this afternoon was great. The mountains are a special place anyway, but combining my love of portrait photography with beautiful landscape of the mountains was nothing short of amazing. Today has really set the tone for my personal photography goals this year. I hope to create many more photographs that combine the beauty of nature and people.

Laurel Falls Trail - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

Laurel Falls Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

Hiking the Laurel Falls Trail

Laurel Falls is an easy and enjoyable hike. The round trip distance is only 2.3 miles on a paved trail. It’s a short hike and would take about an hour to complete. It’s a great trail overall due to the fact it’s quick and there’s a beautiful waterfall to check out. That being said, it’s an extremely popular stop. There are 20 or so parking spaces at the trailhead but most of the time I end up parking on a pull off a short walk away from the trailhead.

Laurel Falls Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

There is a small open area in front of the waterfall that is a perfect spot for pictures. The rocks can be slick so it’s important to be careful as you walk around. It can also be very crowded. The trail does continue on to the Cove Mountain Trail but I have not hiked that part before.

The walk down is really nice and offers a few glimpses of the mountains.

Laurel Falls Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The Wander Guide, A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

We stopped for burgers in Maryville on our drive back home. It’s hard to beat a great meal after a great hike.

I’m already wanting to get back to the mountains. Until next time.

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