The Laurel is located in the Nantahala National Forest Standing Indian Basin area. It's about 9 miles from the Nantahala Woodland Lodge. www.nantahalawoodlandlodge.com The trailhead is located on F.S. Road 67 about 6.5 miles beyond the Backcountry Information Station. It begins at the same trailhead as the Timber Ridge Trail. Cross the Nantahala River, turn right, and follow the old railroad grade downriver, passing through an archway of mountain laurel and rhododendron. The trail then leaves the river and follows Laurel Creek to the base of the falls. It is an easy hike for the entire family.