The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions

Cherokee National Forest

The Laurels Picnic Area Pavilions is open for the 2024 season. 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 1930's. Today, it is a popular day-use area, providing a nice shady place for family picnics and group gatherings.  

The Laurels includes two picnic pavilions, numerous tables, grills, a bear-proof dumpster, and connected by foot paths. There is a vault toilet on site. There is no potable water.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Honeycomb Creek flows through the picnic area and is enjoyed by kids of all ages on warm summer days.


The Laurels has two pavilions, each with picnic tables and grills. An old foot path meanders through the nearby woods.

Contact Information


4400 Unicoi Drive Unicoi Tennessee 37692

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 423-735-1500

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

The Laurels is located on TN Hwy 361 near Sciota Road in Carter County.

From Johnson City, take I-26 E to Okalona exit. Turn left, drive under I-26 to TN 359. Turn right onto TN 359. Travel 1.4 miles, then turn right onto TN 361 for 3.7 miles to The Laurels. 

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