Laura Falls is a rare spot. It’s an amazing hike with a huge payoff, but with minimal effort. You’ll receive beautiful views of the river, cascades, rock walls, bridged river crossings, succulent forests, and at the end, a spectacular, gushing waterfall that stands several stories tall.
I classify this hike as a mild hike, and great for beginners. At just under 6 miles round trip, with a total elevation gain of only 1,200 feet, it’s the perfect way to get in a nice long hike without being completely exhausted when you hit camp. There are only a few rock points and most of the trail is smooth and very well maintained.
To access the trailhead, simply head towards hampton Tn, and turn onto U.S. 321 just down from McDonalds, heading towards watauga lake. Follow U.S. 321 1.3 miles, and the trailhead parking will be on your right. Get there before 11, or parking could be very limited as this is a popular local destination.
Or, you can also use the Trimble Outdoors or Backpacker app as a guide using the link below.