Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
579.00 ft (176.48 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
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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! 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Waterfalls. Wildflowers. Easy, wide trails. Tubing.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Wildflowers
Fishing

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

11/26/2014
Easy,wide,flat path along the creek . Popular but not crowded.
06/18/2018
Sounds fun!
06/18/2018
Sounds fun!
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