Waterfall Hike!

  • March 17, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Join us for this spectacular waterfall hike in the Laurel Snow pocket wilderness!The site is named after two scenic waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80 feet) and Snow Falls (35 feet), and features three scenic overlooks, Buzzard Point, Dunn Overlook, and Bryan Overlook (also known as Raven Point). Laurel-Snow is a 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. The natural area occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel, and Richland Creeks. The natural area also has scenic creeks, steep gorges, geologic features, a small stand of virgin timber, and a wide variety of plants.

Required Items: Hiking Shoes and Cold Weather Hiking Attire,

Water - 2 liters, Lunch and Snacks

Recommended Items: Camera, Trekking Poles, a Smile!

Time: Meet at 8:00 am at Whole Foods Market

Distance: 5 miles out and back Type: -Out and Back Terrain: Moderate Rating: Moderate Expected Pace: Moderate 2mph Expected Duration: 4-5 hrs including time for views and driving Drive time: 50 Minutes

Carpool Location: Whole Foods Market  301 Manufacturers Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3299 Carpool Costs: Your driver will determine the actual costs, and divide among riders. Please be courteous and pay your driver.

Note: This is a cold weather hike. Please be prepared with layered clothing, gloves, and head cover. This is not a beginner hike!

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  • Amy

    My mom had an allergic reaction last night and didn't get much sleep

    March 17, 2013

  • Delores laqdd

    I have been sick all week and still not 100%. Probably best for all, if I bow out.

    March 16, 2013

  • Deborah

    Trey, Where is the trailhead you are staring from? Can I meet there? I have been to Buzzard's Point but not to either Falls. I was told that you can't do both Snow and Laurel in one loop. Is that true?

    March 15, 2013

    • Trey Baldwin

      we are only hiking to the base of Laurel falls Sunday. Its a short hike of about 5 miles or so. I dont have directions to the parking area, but im sure you could google it.

      March 15, 2013

  • Ryan Beckett

    This is a great hike I just did this on Friday with my wife and infant but the mileage described above is not accurate. Just be sure you get back to the cars by dark bc they will lock the gate at dark. I didn't use a GPS and we went slower than I would normally but to give an idea it took us about 2 hrs from buzzards point back to the trail head..but we had to stop to feed/change the baby. Hope this helps.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Delores laqdd

    This hike was featured in the Feb issue of Get Out, which indicated the separate trails to each of the falls was around 8 miles with a 900 ft ascent. I assumed be were doing a variation of one of the trails.

    March 5, 2013

  • russ jones

    Hey Trey. I'm not sure how many time you've done this hike, but you've underestimated it a little. To do both falls and all three overlooks, you'll be around 12 miles. You'll also have 2 creek crossings which should have plenty of water this time of year. I don't believe there is any way of getting there and back and doing this hike in 5 hours. Good luck.

    March 4, 2013

  • Delores laqdd

    When is it? 16 or 17. Both are listed.

    March 2, 2013

  • Philip and Hollie Strickland

    would love to go but have church on Sundays.

    March 1, 2013

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