Laurel River Trail

At A Glance

Moderate

3.6 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.6
Steepness: Climbs Gently

Directions

Trailhead Parking

This trail is located in the Hot Springs area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Hot Springs trails list page.

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GPS Map

Map Information

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Data Formats

KML (Google Earth)

KML is the main file type used by Google Earth. If you have Google Earth installed, clicking the KML link should open the trail or point directly in Google Earth for viewing. This is the native file format used by Google Earth, but many other map applications can use and understand KML as well, so if you're not sure which one to download, KML is a good bet.

GPX

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GeoJSON

GeoJSON is a newer, lightweight data exchange format which can be used to quickly share map data and may have a smaller size than KML or GPX. Many professional mapping and GIS applications support the GeoJSON format.

About the Map

Copyright

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WNCOutdoors Base Layer

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Trail and Marker Overlays

Trail layers and downloadable data are all original works created by WNCOutdoors with guidance from a variety of sources, including ensembles of our own GPS tracks, user contributed GPS tracks, official maps and GIS data from government agencies, and field observations. WNCOutdoors data is made freely available under the Open Database License - you are free to copy and use it for any purpose under the terms of that license (summary).

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Ratings

Average Rating: 3.2 (rated 38 times)

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Comments

Dick Nelson said: The people you meet are friendly. The creek is beautiful. The trail is flat. The bluffs are are breathtaking. But the bears, lions, swamp raccoons and don't forget the aligators are all very very dangerous. So, stay away from this lovely hike. Our favorite hiking spot in WNC.

Saturday, September 22 2018 4:24pm

Susie said: This is my second time on this trail and it is beautiful. A nice easy walk through a beautiful gorge full of mountain laurel. Our dog loves it. Lots of places to get in the creek to cool off too! Friendly people and dogs on the trail and a few fishermen. Did not see a single piece of trash. People can be responsible and pet owners as well! We didn’t make it to the end but one of these days we will!

Sunday, February 25 2018 1:09am
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