Deep Creek Loop

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

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Deep Creek Loop


  • Deep Creek Loop.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Tom Branch Falls is one of three waterfalls on the Deep Creek Loop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Step into a Smoky Mountain stream and cast all of your worries away!- Deep Creek Loop
  • Deep Creek Loop is a perfect spot for a easy day hike, tubing, or even a Smokies wedding by a waterfall!- Deep Creek Loop
  • Explore the creek or float down the creek, Deep Creek is filled with water and tranquility either way.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Wide trails and bridges make Deep Creek a great spot for a family adventure.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Indian Creek Falls is surrounded by beauty year around, and in May the falls are also surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Take a relaxing break by one of three waterfalls on the Deep Creek Loop.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Steps giving you access to Indian Creek Falls.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Just outside of the Deep Creek entrance to the park you'll find plenty of spots to rent tubes for a lazy day on the river. Carry them up and float back, passing by Tom Branch Falls on your left as you enjoy your ride down the river.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Deep Creek is filled with fun! Tubing, fishing, biking, horseback riding and more.- Deep Creek Loop
  • Deep Creek Loop has multiple spots to sit and soak up the serenity of the mountains.- Deep Creek Loop
Overview + Weather
Waterfalls. Wildflowers. Easy, wide trails. Tubing.
Smoky Mountains, NC
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
579.00 ft (176.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Deep Creek Loop is located just outside of the charming town of Bryson City, North Carolina, in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The area includes three beautiful waterfalls and easy access to tubing. Hiking trails offer an easy hike along wide, old roads in most places, and benches along the way. Deep Creek is perfect for families, an easy stroll along the creeks, a morning run, fishing, tubing with friends, or just a dip in the stream in front of Tom Branch Falls. Deep Creek Campground is located just before the parking area for the trailhead, making Deep Creek Loop the perfect adventure to combine with a weekend of camping.

In the spring and summer you'll notice numerous types of wildflowers as you hike along the trails of Deep Creek. Rhododendrons and mountain laurel line the trails and streams, while hundreds of butterflies add some mountain magic to the day. Anglers are often seen knee-deep in the waters of Deep Creek. Juney-Whank Falls is also located on the loop; its name translates into "the bear went that a-way" in Cherokee. Take heed—keep an eye out for Smoky Mountain black bears while you're exploring or floating down the lazy river.

Deep Creek is packed with history as well. The former home of author Horace Kephart is nearby one of the first trails constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, which leads to the mouth of Deep Creek, the site of a historical Civil War battle.

Never-ending adventures await in the Deep Creek area for hikers and explorers of all ages and fitness levels. Head to the mountains this summer and soak it all up! 

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