Indian Creek and Sunkota Ridge Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Indian Creek and Sunkota Ridge Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

11.7 miles 2198 feet Loop




nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

4 months ago

My favorite quick hike in deep creek

4 months ago

Nice easy hike.

9 months ago

Nice trail to traverse with great sites, but no camp sites! As this is a moderate in length "day" trail, I would have expected to see some possible sites for camping should you want the overnight experience. Still worth it however as the views are as gorgeous as the rest of the trails in the park.

5 years ago

6 years ago

Sunkota was a very nice trail but doesn't have any campsites. If you take the trail from the Deep Creek Campground area it is a gradual incline most of the way but is so gradual after the first 0.5 miles that it is relatively easy. There aren't very many places where you can get a clear view of the surrounding scenery but is worth the trip. We encountered a lot of bear scat but no bears on this trail. The park ranger said that was pretty normal for this trail and that during berry season a lot of bears head for the top of the ridges and work their way down.
If you are heading toward the Deep Creek Campground area from this trail it is a very easy trail as it's all downhill. You will meet up with Indian Creek trail before heading back to Deep Creek. Before you hike this trail you will want to stock up on water as there are no water sources on this trail. Also, be prepared to take it slow and watch your step as this trail gets very narrow on the switchbacks.