Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May.

The trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip and considered moderate in difficulty.

Every year over 200,000 visitors hike well-worn trails to view Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, Rainbow, and other popular waterfalls in the park. Large waterfalls attract the crowds, but smaller cascades and falls can be found on nearly every river and stream in the park.

The Great Smoky Mountains abound with the two ingredients essential for waterfalls—ample rainfall and an elevation gradient. In the Smokies high country, over 85” of rain falls on average each year. During wet years, peaks like Mt. Le Conte and Clingmans Dome receive over eight feet of rain. This abundant rainfall trickles and rushes down the mountain sides, from high elevation to low, sometimes dropping more than a mile in elevation from the high peaks to the foothills at the park’s boundary.

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LIGHTING: natural, no flash – overcast

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  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 6 years ago

    This is just Beautiful Julie!! Wonderful colors and textures!!

  • Thanks Mike!!! So are you going to load that avatar so we can see it?

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • navybrat
    navybratabout 6 years ago


  • THanks Jotham!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 6 years ago

    LOL!!! Its me!!! hiding behind a camera! If you saw the whole thing, you would turn to stone! This is for your own safety!!!!

  • ROFLLLLL POST IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 6 years ago

    I think this is de ja veu lol! lovely tho’ hunni ;} hugglez

  • Thanks Val!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • THanks Rick!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • wendyL
    wendyLabout 6 years ago

    damn! i want to play in there! LOL great shot Julie! (sips on dc and takes a k)

  • Thanks hun!! Sipping DC too!!! I got some cough meds from the doc…. nasty stuff!!! ;-)

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonabout 6 years ago

    I’ve seen this before… hmmmm… where was it?? I sure hope my pics turned out as well as yours!!! You got some super captures Julie, so well done. Mine will be up in a couple of days.
    I will never forget that day… ever!! And remember… N.P.D.T.B. :))))))) LU

  • ;-) Thanks hun, sorry this reply took so darn long :D

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • Maria Murphy
    Maria Murphyabout 6 years ago

    awesome !!

  • THanks Maria!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • Laurie Puglia
    Laurie Pugliaabout 6 years ago

    beautiful :)

  • Thanks Laurie!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

  • cougarfan
    cougarfanabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful!!!!!!! Very crisp and inviting:) Great shot.

  • Thanks Cougar!

    – solareclips~Julie Alexander

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