Cherokee National Forest, TN
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
The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions is located in Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee
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.
1 Review of The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions
First to Review
This is just a picnic site with toilets and water. There is camping nearby at Little Oak and Rock Creek. Beautiful area!