Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions

The Laurels has been a popular area since the early days in East Tennessee. It was a common evening stopover for farmers from North Carolina taking produce to markets in Johnson City. The site is named for the native Rhododendron that thrives in the area, locally called "laurel." The Civilian Conservation Corps helped construct the current facilities in the early 1930s. Today, it is a popular day-use area, providing a nice shady place for family picnics and group gatherings. Natural Features: Honeycomb Creek flows through the picnic area and is enjoyed by kids of all ages on warm summer days. Recreation: The Laurels has two pavilions, each with picnic tables and grills. An old foot path meanders through the nearby woods. Facilities: The Laurels includes two picnic pavilions, numerous tables connected by paths and trash cans. There are vault toilets on site. There is no potable water.

USDA Forest Service
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions is located in Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee
36.2483 N
-82.2686 W
Get Directions
The Laurels is located on TN Hwy 361 near Sciota Road in Carter County. From Johnson City, take I-181 south to Okalona exit. Turn left, drive under I-181 to TN 359. Turn left, back toward Johnson City for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto TN 359. Travel 1.4 miles, then turn right onto TN 361 for 3.7 miles to The Laurels.
2 Reviews of The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions
Wonderful Place

Spent a lot of time here in my younger days. Great place to take kids for picnic and to play in the Creek.

First to Review
No camping

This is just a picnic site with toilets and water. There is camping nearby at Little Oak and Rock Creek. Beautiful area!