Over 200,000 people visit the well-worn trails to view the best waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee every year. These hiking trails with waterfalls are very popular and add a little something extra to the normal hiking experience in the Smokies. There are even a few great waterfalls you can drive to too!
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 waterfall consists of an upper and a lower section, divided by a walkway which crosses the stream at the base of the upper falls. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park, and with limited parking, makes it especially busy on weekends and during the summer months.