Let me start off this post with a mini rant. I'm glad you love your dogs, America, but when the sign clearly says NO DOGS and has a picture of a little dog with a slash through it that means leave your furry friend behind and do not take it with you on the trail. We counted six dogs on the Laurel Falls trail. All owners were smiling and acting like nothing was wrong. Rude. Maybe I'll just drive my ATV up the path or bring an ax and start chopping down all the trees. And most of them don't even keep their dog close to them, one dog bounded over and snuffled all over my leg. I was speechless. Rant over.
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular trails in the park and it's not hard to see why. Compared to most of the other trails it's relatively short at 2.6 miles round trip and the elevation gain is only 314 feet. The trail is also paved though still bumpy and occasionally uneven with steep drop offs so watch where you walk!
I saw this cute little flower all along the trail. Anyone know what it is? Fall color is really starting to pop at the lower elevations too.
Talk about fall color! These lichens rivaled the leaves and will last all year long. But, the waterfall was nice too. A walkway splits the upper and lower levels of the falls, and of course flow is a little low this time of year.
Great views of the Smokies but this week the color is really popping in this area. Some areas are still mostly green, like the hike I did a couple of days ago with Sharon from the blog Gains & Losses. More on that later!
Today we leave for a few days in the Cumberland Falls area of Kentucky on our way home. There are a few post office murals in the area that I'm looking forward to checking out!