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Smooth path uphill to the best view of the Smoky's I've seen yet

Very nice trail. Commonly see trash washed up on the shore. Saw several different species of ducks. Easy for my grand parents to walk so that was a plus

Up, up, up for the first half of the hike but it is on a gravel road that leads to a US Park Service facility used for their education or training needs. Once at the top where the facility is located there are options to hike a variety of trails from 1 to 4+ miles in a more wooded environment.

The best hike I've ever been on! So worth it!

1 month ago

Very beautiful hike along the creek. However there are a lot of rocks to walk on. Wear good shoes and maybe bring a walking stick.

Very scenic despite not being in full foliage. Moderate incline which made a good hike

2 months ago

This was beautiful in the fall. I wouldn't go on this trail again just because the trail itself was not interesting ,it's just a wide straight trail with no real interest points,but the surroundings were very beautiful. This trail is listed as easy on all trails app,and it is indeed a very easy trail. The creek is along side the trail the entire time..we were only able to hike 7 miles as we took a lot of breaks at the creek and ran out of daylight. Mouse Creek Falls is exactly how it describes..small. So if you go only to see the falls..you might be disappointed if you are expecting a larger fall. All around,I would highly recommend this trail during fall,as the trees and colors are beautiful. The creek is a huge plus ,many access points to the creek.

I did not like this trail mainly because of so many loose rocks.

2 months ago

good for the family. shouldn't be considered a hike.

2 months ago

Phenomenal views. Steep at the beginning but very much worth it. It has many isolated areas with great views, to sit and relax, eat lunch, etc. Also, the GPS is accurate. I initially thought it may have been wrong but the beginning of the hike is a dirt road that leads to the trail. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

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2 months ago

Spectacular scenery, amazingly colorful fall views and a very memorable day of hiking on some wonderful trails!

This was our first trip to Big Creek.The trail is wide and in good shape, there are quite a few rocks on the trail and a few roots, as a matter of fact it should be called a rocky trail. You hike near the creek most of the way and there are many huge boulders along the way, lots of Rhododendron too!You have to be careful where you step because there was horse manure all along the trail.I was told that this used to be a railroad bed that went out to the sawmill at Crestmont. We did not see any signs of old structures along the way, would have been interesting to know where all the people used to live..hard to imagine because of the vast number of boulders and rock along the way. The midnite hole was very pretty but we did not go swimming. The waterfalls (Mouse Creek) was a little unspectacular but probably because of the lack of rain in the region.The hike to the falls was a gradual uphill all the way so the return was downhill on the way back. Overall a very nice and interesting hike. Also the restrooms at the parking lot were very clean and weren't pits!

This trail is an easy ,beautiful trail,especially in the fall. But what is not mentioned on all trails app is that there is a gate (Purchase Rd) that is closed often and you need to walk about 1.5 miles at a slow incline to actually get to the Ferguson Cabin trail. It is a beautiful walk in the fall, but is a bit of an incline ,especially if you are going based on what the app says (easy). It also connects to the Cataloochee Divide Trail. There are some apple trees on the trail as well,so you can grab one if your tall enough and snack on the way :). But keep an eye out for bears..there were many signs of bears in the area. There is a research center as well you can check out while your there. We ended up hiking almost almost 5 miles including visiting the Research Center. All around ,nice trail. Beautiful views.

Uphill much of the beginning first few miles and about 2 miles longer (6 miles total) round-trip if you have to park at the gate, but so worth the views and variety of scenery. Be aware that there are bear sightings at times and learn how to be safe if you encounter one.

Did this hike while camping at the Big Creek campground. As others have said, it is a well maintained trail with a gradual incline. Found midnight hole off to the left and enjoyed the view at the falls. Continued up just a little further past the falls to where the bridge crosses Big Creek. All in all, a good hike for all ages.