Summary: Your hike begins along the Richland Creek that provided water and mining for the town of Dayton for many years. This area was once logged by Bowater Paper and then turned over to provide excellent trails for the pocket wilderness and Cumberland Trail. The first 1.5 miles is shared by Snow Falls & Laurel Falls; at this point turn left (NW) to Snow Falls. You will hike 3/4 mile then you will walk around a huge boulder and then cross 3 50' bridges to cross over Richland Creek. The next 2 miles you will ascend over 500' by a series of switchbacks that lead to the upper rim to Buzzard Point. Once you are on top follow an old log road to the south to Buzzard Point for lunch with a view! Backtrack to connect to the Snow Falls trail that crosses this log road you're on. You will descend to creek level of which you will have to wade or cross depending on water level. Once you are across the creek follow white blaze. Backtrack to upper rim for the Dunn Overlook for great views.
Trailhead: Directions via I-75: Exit 60 Sweetwater. Follow Highway 68 West to Highway 27 and turn left (south) toward dayton. Turn right on Walnut Grove Road (first traffic light). Bear left when road splits, onto Back Valley Road. At 0.7 mile, turn right on the unmarked gravel road across from a small white church. A small "pocket wilderness" sign marks the road and follw this to the end of a large parking area. The trailhead is just ahead past the huge rocks. (Lat:35.52651 Lon:-85.02089)
Trail Guides for Snow Falls:
40 Hikes in the South Cumberland
by Russ Manning ()
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Laurel-Snow Bowater Pocket Wilderness Trail
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Gina on 11/3/2010
Ignore the below post. The area is not privately owned. It is owned by the state of TN. Check out the TN site for verification. http://www.state.tn.us/environment/na/natareas/laurelsnow/
Reviewed by sc on 7/19/2009
Please know that Laurel, snow, crystal, and morgan falls has been sold and is privately owned. I found this out the hard way after traveling 1 hr and 20 minutes to get to the first falls and more time thereafter. Disappointed and frustrated that noone cared enough to post this information.I had planned for weeks to visit the sites.
Reviewed by joshdog on 10/8/2008
Me and my now wife April spent a lovley day strolling through the woods on this hike. As we reached Buzzard Point I droped to my knees and asked her hand in marrage, to an exciting yes yes yes. We now have a 16 month old son who we plan on returning with several times a year. Oh what wonderful memories. This is a very romantic place. Lots of vistas. Good hike for grandparents too.
Reviewed by Mark on 4/28/2007
I found the trail to not be marked very well. I found the road but didn't know where to go from there. I whish I had seen your write up before my hike. I did find Laurel Falls with no trouble. Also, If you will keep an eye out back across the gorge, you can see Laurel Falls from the Snow Falls trail. That was really great. With a zoom lens, you can get a fairly good picture. Thanks Mark 4-28-07
Reviewed by JEG on 5/4/2006
'Hiked this trail on 3 May 2006. This hike has beautiful views and a variety of terrain (also, lots of poison ivy). We couldn't find an easy way to climb down to the base of the falls. Still, this is a very fine walk in the woods.
Reviewed by Billy on 10/13/2005
Beautiful area! Trails need to be blazed again but if you pay attention you will be ok. Watch out on the rocks and don't twist an ankle. This whole area is rich with beautiful sights from start to finish.
Reviewed by scott on 10/22/2004
Made the hike to Laurel Falls. I Have lived around the area for years and finally hiked this area recently. One of the most beautiful hikes I've taken in the area. Laruel Falls trail was a little hard to follow at times but I managed my way through and was greatly rewarded for my effort. Plan to go back again.
Reviewed by tommy yates on 4/25/2004
lot of fun go for it
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