Deep Creek Loop Trail

EASY 172 reviews

Deep Creek Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
895 feet

kid friendly






horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

4 days ago

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

18 days ago

Nice easy trail with great waterfall views.

2 months ago

Very clean! Great for the family.

3 months ago

I think it was a moderate instead of an easy. We had a blast but lots of breaks.

3 months ago

It was an amazing hike. We went during the fall with all the colors. Absolutely beautiful.

3 months ago

Our whole family enjoyed the trail. Some nice waterfalls. The upper loop has some relatively steep parts but my two young kids fared pretty well so its pretty good for families, though some spots of the upper loop are very narrow with a steep drop on one side. We had a great time on the trail.

4 months ago

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

5 months ago

Great hike. one of the Smoky Mountains' best.

8 months ago

We hiked this for our youngest daughters first birthday, and it was a true joy! We also have a five and three year old, that loved watching the people floating the river. Great family atmosphere, clean and beautiful!! Can't wait to go camping here and do the float next year!!

8 months ago

Pleasant hike largely following Indian & Deep creeks. Parking was hard to find on a sunny August weekend, as there is a significant local industry based on renting inner tubes out for folks to float the creeks in.
About 0.5 miles up from the trailhead you leave the "tubers" behind and it becomes peaceful and quiet.
Found a nice little swimming hole about 0.5 miles above the point you lose the tubers. Perfect timing when walking the loop counterclockwise.

8 months ago

Nice easy hike to three seperate waterfalls under canopy. Juney Whank falls was much nicer than pictures show.

8 months ago

good warm up hike. a little steep incline for about a mile in the middle before heading back down through Indian falls

9 months ago

we hike most of the way and jumped in the river/creek and tubbed out way back.

9 months ago

Good easy hike. You do share the first mile / last mile with a crowd of people carrying innertubes for use in the river. After that, the next 3 miles are quiet. Nice waterfalls, no great landscape views (at least not in July).

10 months ago

A beautiful trail easy for the whole family. The only issue I have are all the tubers. Way too many kids on tubes. This trail is still one of my favs. Especially in the Fall and Spring wildflower seasons!

10 months ago

Camping in TN and decided to go for a drive. We ended up in NC and stumbled across this area. I can't believe we almost missed this. Not only were the waterfalls nice but the creek was great too. You can rent tubes at the front of the park for $6.00 and use them all day to ride the creek. Some of the rapids are rougher than you think so hold on tight. Super friendly staff and way to much fun to have by accident. Cannot wait to come back this way!!!!!!!

10 months ago

Kid friendly for years 5+. Good 2+ hour hike.

11 months ago

Good family hike...there are 3 waterfalls on the loop!

11 months ago

The Juney Whank trail should be listed as moderate to hard. Great trail with an abundance of wildflowers, butterflies, and great views. If you have a backpack, pack water shoes to wade in the creek

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hike. Not to hard but good enough for great views of waterfalls. If want to see all three waterfalls go to left from parking lot at start of trailhead.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Awesome. Combine it with Juney Whank and there are three falls in the area. All are worth seeing and each different. In summer tons of tubers in the stream off the main parts of the teail.

Friday, October 28, 2016

**Facilities at the Deep Creek Campgrounds, just before the trail head parking lot**

Hiked October 1, 2016
This was a gorgeous hike, with some strenuous parts. We hiked up Deep Creek Trail, across Martins Gap, and down Indian Creek Trail. Deep Creek was not too bad, with many spots where the trail flattened out and you could catch your breath. Martins Gap, however, was unforgiving, and a straight up trek to the top. Indian Creek trail was rocky and rooty, in many places....but the last portion of the trail was wide and easier on the feet/ankles.
Tom Branch Falls, at the very beginning of the Deep Creek Trail, is gorgeous. Many nice benches along the side, to sit, enjoy a snack, and let the sounds of the falls take you away.
Although I don't camp, Campsite 58 is a beautiful spot, and good sized. It's also where Horace Kephart would set up his permanent campsites, 9 months out of the year, to write his books/articles and do a version of products testing for various outdoor supply companies.
Total miles for us was a little over 13, with this loop.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

beautiful!! really great pics where Indian Creek joins Deep creek.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Nice easy walk

Saturday, October 01, 2016

We saw the three waterfalls along the trail and they were beautiful. The reason I gave this one only three stars is the trail. Most of it is hiking on a closed gravel road. Then there is a connector trail that goes up and over a ridge. Nothing really outstanding to see there and lots of up and down. Plus that section is a horse trail so we had to dodge some land mines. The two rivers were beautiful though. We clocked about 6 miles by the time we were done. We drove over from the Gatlinburg side of the mountains to hike and we were a little disappointed.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

loved every foot of this trail!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Trial was confusing when trying to combine it with the Juney Wank falls trail.

Friday, August 05, 2016

We only had a short hike but it was nice. Uphill to Juney Whank but very nice waterfall. Toms Branch was nice too. Hopefully will be able to do more next time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Was frustrated because we took our dog to go hiking per this website but if you read the signs as it clearly states on the trail sign NO PETS allowed. Even if on a leash. Pets can be at campgrounds etc but not on trails.

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