Laurel Snow State Natural Area – Laurel Falls
March 13, 2021 All day
One of the crown jewels of the TN State Natural Area, Laurel Falls in the Laurel Snow State Natural Area tumbles 80’ from the top of the Cumberland Plateau, with scenic streams and cascades, steep gorges, remnants of old coal mines and mining infrastructure along the way. It is reached by a moderate 5 mile round trip hike. The first (and last) 1.5 miles are easy, fairly level, following Richland Creek, with massive boulders. The trail then ascends more steeply about 1 mile via switchbacks to the base of the falls, and is sometimes rocky, but not overly strenuous (total elevation change < 900’). There will be an opportunity to extend the hike to a 150’ metal bridge over Richland Creek, possibly watch kayakers in the creek, or rock climbers ascending the bluff near Laurel Falls. Meet at the trailhead, which is 1 hour, 15 minutes from Watt Rd at I-40. Parking is limited, so the hike will be limited to 10 people. This is a popular place on weekends, so it is recommended to get there a little early. Register with Randy Graham via email (preferred) or text message.