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Deep Creek Waterfalls Loop – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.2 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
2 hours and 30 minutes with 30 minutes of breaks
740 ft
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Deep Creek parking area. 35.46415, -83.43524

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

The Deep Creek waterfalls loop outside of Bryson City is one of the most popular hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This relatively short hike is easy, scenic, and features 3 distinct waterfalls. If you visit during the summer you may not find a parking spot. Instead choose a weekday or the winter to check out the waterfalls in relative peace and quiet. You’ll start on the wide, flat Deep Creek Trail beside the namesake creek.

The creek is wide and large enough to accommodate inner tubes, a common scene during the summer weekends. First you’ll see the tall Tom Branch Falls from the comfort of the trail. The waterfall spills over many ledges directly into Deep Creek. Next you’ll leave some of the crowds behind as you tackle a loop from Deep Creek to Sunkota Ridge to Indian Creek. Along the way are many beautiful cascades and views along Deep Creek. The second waterfall, Indian Creek Falls, is also beside the trail. Before you return to the parking lot be sure to take the short side trip to Juney Whank Falls, where a bridge brings you across the middle of the waterfall. This loop is a great introduction to the national park without requiring too much effort.

Mile  Summary and Highlights
0.0 - Follow Deep Creek Trail north from parking lot
0.4 - Tom Branch Falls above Deep Creek
0.9 - T-junction with Indian Creek Trail
1.9 - Follow Loop Trail after third bridge over Deep Creek
3.8 - Indian Creek Falls
4.9 - Bridge over the middle of Juney Whank Falls
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