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Great trail for an easy nature walk and to get your steps in. From visitor center, it was 4 miles round trip.

hiking
13 hours ago

Loved the hike but the bugs were so bad we had to turn back after about .5 mile.

hiking
1 day ago

Love it. Paved trail can be slick in spots. Water fall was awesome. On the way back saw a young bear.

The hike was great. Definitely come early to get parking since it’s limited. I would also rate it a moderate hike. Good hike for families to bring kids. The falls was beautiful. Saw two salamanders when I got it the falls.

hiking
7 days ago

Great walk and beautiful falls. When the reviews say “heavily trafficked” they aren’t joking. It’s almost too busy to walk it but once you navigate around the people, it’s nice.

Fully paved walkway with a great prize at the end of the trail. There is a nice resting spot with a bench and a view at the .7 mile marker. shortly after this the trail levels out and depends slightly.

hiking
9 days ago

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail for our family with small children. Easy enough for young hikers but with enough trail features to create several teachable moments. We will definitely visit again!

walking
10 days ago

Easy walk through mostly dry river bed when we were there (Aug 28th) I really enjoyed the views of smooth side walls and searching for the pictographs. We found them in two completely different areas. Met a local and explored the opposite direction of the waterfalls after we were done there. Lots of rocks, boulders and cairns along the way until we saw a cave up high to our left. It looks like a big sand castle! Not a challenging hike but fun to explore.

It had been raining & it made it (the falls) all the more beautiful. Beautiful walking through the woods. All uphill the first 1.3 and then down hill back.

hiking
11 days ago

More people than water on this one. Was disappointed with the falls, particularly given how crowded it was. One or two nice overlooks on the way up...but main take away was either come early or late, or just spend time on other longer/harder trails to avoid people.

hiking
12 days ago

Paved but please leave your strollers as its not smooth and it might be crowded. In fact, the trail was disgustingly crowded when I went. Nice quick trail if you can go at a time where you can avoid the crowds.

This was our first Trail on our family vacation to Gatlinburg. We thought it would be a good introductory Trail for our 5-year-old son and we were right... he loved it! There are quite a few creeks/streams to cross and views of the mountains. We were lucky enough to spot a few bear cubs along the way! Of course the falls at the end were the biggest hit - my son loves water, climbing, and salamanders so he was in heaven. I would strongly recommend this hike - the only downfall is the limited parking at the trailhead...plan accordingly

Headed out around 7-7:15 with pouring rain. Did not take away from the trail. Really enjoyed but due to the thickness of the woods got pitch black about 8. Was not smart staying out that late but wanted to get the trail before days end

hiking
17 days ago

Mouse Creek Falls on the Big Creek Trail is a beautiful swimming hole located along an old logging trail on Big Creek. It is an easy out and back hike that is accessed by a parking lot not from the Pigeon River on the NC/TN border. It's a great hike if you're looking for something not too strenuous, but due to it's relative accessibility, can be overrun with tourists. I highly recommend it in off peak times but it also has plenty of smaller pools to play in along the route if the main falls are too crowded.

Decent, short trail. Paved but a lot of the paved area has been eroded and can be broken in areas. The falls is worth it in the end. Heavy foot traffic and expect people in your pictures.

Great little fall...even saw a yearling bear on the way back (luckily there were volunteers directing ignorant tourists away from it). The bad part and why I would not do it again unless someone with me really really wanted to is the # of people. Go early! Was ok on my way up but on the way down it was super crowded. I went past the falls and hiked a bit too, which no one really goes past there so that was nice (unpaved path). Is a good waterfall for those that want to see one that is easier to access. Difficult to get decent pics though because of all the people. I went around 9:30 am so I would say go at 7ish am and you’d have better luck.

Easy hike , with very nice waterfall, heavily travelled

At times the trail was a little narrow with how much foot traffic there was but there was a lot to see and we hardly broke a sweat.

on Grotto Falls Trail

19 days ago

beautiful and love how you can walk under the waterfall

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike, the way is paved. Go as early as you can to beat the rush of people and possibly see the bears! We took children ages 2-12 they did great! Ok for the elderly if you can go at their pace. Area of Viewing the waterfall is stunning, but dangerous! Be careful near the Falls!

hiking
20 days ago

We didn’t hike the entire loop. We took the trail to the left from the parking lot and walked up to Juney Whank Falls then that led us down near Tom Branch Falls and we followed that trail to Indian Falls and then we turned back. It’s a relatively easy trail (minus the walk up at the start). We stayed down the road at Deep Creek Tube Center and Campground and had a great time tubing in this part of the park as well.

Easy walk with moderate elevation gain. Could be disappointing if you’re looking for a traditional hike, but fun if you’re just trying to get the family into the woods for a bit or if you need wheeled access. For example, there’s an asphalt path all the way to the waterfall. It was extremely crowded on a Saturday, but hardly anyone went past the waterfall where the trail turns to a soft surface.

We had our 5 year old and 2 year old (in my pack) and were able to move through with ease. Highly recommend this hike for families. Beautiful falls, great photo opportunities, and a cool spot to soak your feet at the falls.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail. Good hike, lots of traffic.

hiking
23 days ago

Super easy even in winter. Great hike for the kids. Stayed in Bryson City during Christmas this past year and did all the Deep Creek falls hikes.

Beautiful scenery!

Nice lil hike! Gradual incline up to falls. Saw a bear off the side

on Deep Creek Loop Trail

hiking
25 days ago

This is the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to seeing multiple waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can make this hi8ke as easy or as hard as you want with multiple options existing on the loop. There are 3 beautiful waterfalls. We come here often as we live in the area and it is a very common area for tubing in the summer. Beautiful area.

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