When you enter the Laurel-Snow Trail, you'll find yourself surrounded by a diverse landscape with unique landmarks and area to explore with your pup. The best part of this dog-friendly trail is it has no rules for your pup, so other than cleaning up after them, you can walk them on or off leash. The natural trail may not be that wide, but it's made from packed dirt and is well marked, making it easier for hikers to follow.
The parking is easy to get to since it's right at the end of the road and starts the linear Laurel-Snow Nature Park. The parking lot is made from packed gravel, with lots of space and an information kiosk. There are no amenities though, so be sure to bring water and clean-up bags along the way. Right off the bat, you'll be met with a beautiful waterfall that cascades over jagged rocks and boulders, flowing to converge with Richland Creek.
The waterfall is on one side of the parking area, and on the other is the beginning of the Laurel-Snow Trail. The trail winds through old mines, open caves, an old reservoir and along Richland Creek for 1.5 miles. There's no climb in the beginning, but after that initial area, the climb gets a little steeper, with a fork in the trail that leads west to Snow Falls and east along Laurel Falls. Along the way, you'll also see historic ruins, overlooks, and over 2,000 acres of natural woods.
Heading back is just as easy since the trail is mostly downhill and follows along the creek, which offers a nice breeze for hikers and pups. There are designated camping sites along the trail too, making it easy to pitch up a tent and stay the night. Although if you don't want to do that, it's not hard to get back to your car and head home.
After such an amazing and view-worthy hike, you and Fido will be looking for room in your schedule to come back!