When: Sunday, September 9 from 1 – 6 pm
Where: Laurel Falls near Hampton, TN (depart from and return to Johnson City, TN)
Join fellow LGBTQ+ hikers and friends for an afternoon hike to one of east Tennessee’s most popular hiking destinations – beautiful Laurel Falls near Hampton TN. This powerful 60’ waterfall is considered by many to be the most spectacular in af east Tennessee.
Our hike will take us on the Appalachian Trail along Laurel Fork Creek passing through thickets of rhododendron and laurel, beneath towering trees, and across a wooden foot bridge spanning the creek. We’ll pace the hike so that everyone has opportunities to enjoy views of the Laurel Fork Gorge, take needed rest breaks, and spend time relaxing at the falls.
We’ll hike to Laurel Falls from the upper side of the falls via the Appalachian Trail starting in Dennis Cove. Much of this 1.2-mile hike is level and in some areas following an old railroad bed. Overall, the hike difficulty is “moderate,” but the last quarter of a mile is a steep descent on irregular stone steps into the gorge and to the falls. Sturdy shoes are a must, and the climb out is strenuous.
Afterwards, those interested and available are invited to meet-up at Yee-Haw Brewing (126 Buffalo Street, Johnson City) for refreshments and food. This will be a fun time to reflect on the hike, socialize and perhaps plan the next outdoor adventure for east Tennessee LGBTQ+ hikers and friends.
For more information about the hike and to RSVP (required) visit: https://www.tripridetn.org/calendar/lgbtq-allies-hike-to-laurel-falls/