Deep Creek Loop Trail

EASY 190 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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
895 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

lovely

hiking
10 days ago

It's great for all ages. I am a nature photographer and the photo ops are perfect. my boyfriend loved it, and it was his first time here. My parents, uncle, his girlfriend, and his kids all loved it, too. We found beautiful rocks, flowers, and even a cave!

14 days ago

This is a beautiful place. nice trail, with 3 waterfalls. it is a very busy trail. lot's of people, using trail for tubing. I would recommend, early morning, or winter time.

hiking
19 days ago

Did the whole thing and really enjoyed it. We especially liked the steeper narrower sections of the trail. Even the 4 year old made it with minimal complaining! The kids want to go back and tube the Creek next time.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trails and Juney Whank Falls and Toms Branch Falls are beautiful places. Cut the hike short and missed Indian Creek Falls due to rain and approaching thunder, but will get there next time. The main Deep Creek Trail was well traveled with tubers coming up from the parking area. The Deep Creek Horse Trail that loops from Juney Whank back to Deep Creek Trail was my favorite part--quiet and little traffic. At one point on the horse trail is a rather steep side trail marked on as "cemetery." Followed the trail maybe .5 mile before rain and thunder came in. If anyone knows what's at the trails end and how far up the mountain it goes I'd love to know. I plan to follow it next time.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

2 months ago

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

2 months ago

Nice easy trail with great waterfall views.

4 months ago

Very clean! Great for the family.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

6 months ago

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

7 months ago

Great hike. one of the Smoky Mountains' best.

10 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!!

hiking
10 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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).

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

GOOD TRAIL FOR BEGINNERS.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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