Deep Creek Trail is a 28.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
If you like streams, wildflowers, lush forests, and a longer hike, this is about as good as it gets in the Smokies. In wet weather some of the creek crossings can be a little tricky and require wading. Creek crossings aside, this isn't the most pleasant trail to hike in the rain. The upper section is heavily overgrown with dog hobble. The wet foliage constantly brushing against hikers can be irritating.