Deep Creek Trail is a 28.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina 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.
this was my first time in the great smokies. the first 3 or so miles of this hike are pretty mellow, with beautiful river crossings and awesome scenery. as we got to the 4th mile, we ran into some pretty gnarly ridges, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. we camped at site 59 and hung out for two nights, beautiful site next to deep creek. overall, it was a nice and tranquil hike, but it was more intense that we thought it would be. I would rank this a moderate hike.