Bridge Over Laurel Fork

Prints available. This foot bridge over Laurel Fork is located in the Cherokee National Forest, near Hampton, Tennessee, along the popular hiking trail to Laurel Falls.

Flower Along Trail

Prints available. Visit my gallery to select a print for your home, office, business lobby or cafeteria setting. You can select between framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, acrylic, wood and tapestry. This digital art is based on a photograph I shot while hiking the Appalachian Trial at Laurel Falls, in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee.

Black And White Laurel Fork

Laurel Fork

This black and white photograph features Laurel Fork, a river along which I recently hiked to Laurel Falls. It’s located in the Cherokee National Forest in the Smoky Mountains, near Hampton, Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print, then visit my gallery to discover a plethora of quality print options available. Framed prints purchases may be customized to suit your wishes.

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Bridge Over Laurel Fork

Prints available. I photographed this wooden foot bridge over Laurel Fork while on the hiking trail to Laurel Falls, in the Cherokee National Forest near Hampton, Tennessee. Many print types are available.

Black And White Bridge

Prints available. This black and white photograph highlights the stairway to a foot bridge over Laurel Fork. I shot this picture in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee, while hiking to Laurel Falls.

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is a beautiful waterfall located along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Hampton, Tennessee. It stands 40-feet tall by 50-feet wide and may be viewed by hiking 5.5 miles out and back. However, you can enjoy this picturesque scenery – at home or in the office – by purchasing a print in my shop. A variety of print types are available, which may be customized to your wishes.

Laurel Fork

Rushing Water


I photographed this nature landscape scene of Laurel Fork, while on a recent hike to Laurel Falls, in Hampton, Tennessee. If you might like to add it to an empty wall in your home or office, then visit my shop to select an appropriate print type of your choosing. There are many options available.

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Rapids On Laurel Fork

Prints available. White water rapids in shallow water along Laurel Fork, canopied under a green forest as the morning sun illuminates the gorge background. I shot this photograph while hiking on a trail to Laurel Falls, in Hampton, Tennessee. Thanks for shopping!

Laurel Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest near Hampton, Tennessee, Laurel Falls is a congressionally designated Pond Mountain Wilderness – meaning that recreation is intended to be primitive in nature.

To enjoy the 40-foot tall by 50-foot wide waterfall, visitors hike along a segment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The lower/water route is 5.5 miles out and back, featuring wonderful views along Laurel Fork – I hiked this route both ways. There is also a shorter, higher/mountain route, totaling 4.5 miles.

Along the trail, you’ll encounter a few camping areas occupied with a small tent or two, as well as several hikers – some doing the AT. In fact, I bumped into a hiker who said he started in Georgia! The full length of the AT is almost 2200 miles, which begins at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and concludes at the northern terminus of Mount Katahdin, Maine (trivia: this mountain is where morning sunlight first reaches the Continental United States, for nine months of the year).

Laurel Falls

Each of these photographs (and more) are available as prints in my gallery at Pixels – select from framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry. Also, framed prints may be customized.

Add decoration to an empty wall in your home, office, business lobby, or school cafeteria…wherever you want to enjoy the beauty of nature!

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Beautiful Flower

In The Mountains

Enjoy my artistic rendition of this beautiful flower which I photographed while hiking in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, at Laurel Falls.

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Laurel Falls In Dayton TN

I recently had an opportunity to hike the trail to Laurel Falls, an 80-foot tall waterfall on the Cumberland Plateau, near Dayton, Tennessee.

It’s 6.1 miles out and back, most of which parallels either Richland Creek or Laurel Creek. Hence, the sound of running water permeates both gorges and forest landscape. By contrast with hikes at many different locations, the size and frequency of massive boulders strewn along both creeks – some as tall as 50-feet – is stunning.

I arrived early, on the trial at 7:19 a.m. and with a 32-degree fahrenheit temperature. To stay warm, I walked without stopping until I reached Laurel Falls. Alone at the waterfall for the entirety of my visit, I would later spend a good deal of time traversing Laurel Creek down the mountain, over and around large rocks, where I discovered some wonderful smaller falls and cascades.

If you’re considering a hike to the Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, I can recommend it as being one of my favorites – no matter ones age or conditioning, there’s so much to enjoy!

Photography

If you’d like to accent a wall in your home or office with a print featuring my photography, you can visit my gallery at Fine Art America to select the print type which best suits your interests – framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry.

Laurel Falls

More Views From Laurel Creek

With some exceptions, hikers can expect mostly hard pack soil and generally small rocks along the trail for the initial two miles. After crossing what appears to be a new aluminum bridge, the trail becomes much rockier on an inclined surface for the remaining mile.

The drive into the park is somewhat challenging, with deep crevasses from erosion, and a sign reminding visitors that the road is “unimproved”. Proceed with caution at a slow speed. There are no restrooms. The park closes at 7:00 p.m.. Permits are required for camping.

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Return To Laurel Falls

Located along Fighting Creek Gap Road in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, not far from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Laurel Falls is a popular tourist attraction.

It’s an easy 2.6 mile out and back hike along a paved trail, though the pavement it quite eroded. Measuring both upper and lower sections of Laurel Falls – which are divided by a railed pathway – the waterfall stands 80-feet tall and provides several scenic viewpoints, if one is willing to climb to the base.

Signs At Trailhead

On my visit, I was the first car parked in the lot…by 3 minutes. Capturing photographs without people in the picture requires one to arrive early, so I showed up 1/2 hour before sunrise. Bears are common in this area, though less so once a steady stream of hikers are present. No water. No restrooms.

View From Trail

History

The trail was completed in 1932 at a cost of $590, providing fire crews access to the Cove Mountain area. Three years later, a fire tower was completed. By 1960, frequent trail use and erosion were problematic, and, as part of the 1963 Accelerated Works Projects grant to the Department of Interior, the trail was paved. Today, with over 800 miles of trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, only four trails are paved for a total of three miles.

Photography

If you’d like to accent a wall in your home or office with a print featuring my photography, you can visit my gallery at Fine Art America to select the print type which best suits your interests. Many selections available – I hope that you find something to purchase & enjoy!

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