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Big Laurel Falls are a popular destination for nearby campers at Standing Indian and Hurricane Creek campgrounds west of Franklin, North Carolina. The 20-foot cascade can be obscured by trees where the .6-mile trail ends at Big Laurel Creek, but those who scramble a little upstream will be rewarded. The ride to the falls on Forest Service road 67 can be a bit bumpy. It will definitely be dusty or muddy depending on whether it has rained.

Directions: From Franklin, take US 64 west toward Hayesville/Murphy for 12 miles. You will steeply ascend and then descend before reaching where you need to turn. Turn left onto State Route 1448 or West Old Murphy Road. Look for signs directing you to Standing Indian Campground. Follow SR 1448 for two miles to FR 67. Turn right and follow FR 67 for seven miles to a small pullout in a lefthand curve. Along the way, you will drive through Hurricane Creek over a concrete pad and pass by a number of primitive campsites. At the correct pullout, look for the two trail signs "Timber Ridge" and "Big Laurel." The trail drops down via switchbacks and crosses Mooney Creek on a footbridge. The trail to the falls turns to the right, while the Timber Ridge Trail goes to the left.

All photos Allen Easler.