- Take Interstate 26 to Kingsport,
TN and get off on Exit #1 (which is the Stone Drive exit, Highway
11W). Turn south at the exit ramp on 11W and travel 8.5
miles until you reach the town of Church Hill, TN. Turn left at
the red light on Goshen
Valley Road (from here you'll see signs that point the way to
"Laurel Run Park". Go 0.8 miles and then turn left
on River Road. Continue 2 miles and then turn left on Laurel Run
Park Road. Keep going for another 1.3 miles to the park.
inside the park, follow the road to the end, and park at the amphitheater.
- Once parked, you'll see a bridge near a picnic
shelter. This is the trailhead. Turn right after
crossing the bridge and you'll see an old logging road heading
into the forest. At this point there is also some foot
trail steps climbing up into the woods on your left.
Instead of taking this trail, Taylor and I just walked up the
logging road as it's in much better condition. Soon you'll
come to another bridge crossing the creek, which has been recently
constructed. You'll then pass by an old log cabin, and eventually
you'll have to ford the creek (which is easy in low water
conditions, but could be tough in higher flow). After about
one mile you'll come to Laurel Run Falls on your right.
Taylor and I had original intentions of going on upstream to Kiner
Falls, but Kiner Creek was dry so we stopped short of the falls
and returned. However, if you wish to go on to Kiner, simply
keep heading upstream after Laurel Run Falls until you come to a
junction in just a few hundred feet (where the main trail turns
sharp to the left). This small stream is Kiner, you'll need
to leave the main trail here, ford Kiner Creek, and take the
unmarked trail on up to the waterfall.
OUT & BACK
+ F(3) + V(3) + W(2)
+ G(4+4+6) = 24
(EASY in times of low water flow)
slippery slopes, steep slope
here for hike rating reference guide.