Deep Creek Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

14.1 miles
921 feet
Point to Point





horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


washed out

no dogs

If you like streams, wildflowers, lush forests, and a longer hike, this is about as good as it gets in the Smokies. In wet weather some of the creek crossings can be a little tricky and require wading. Creek crossings aside, this isn't the most pleasant trail to hike in the rain. The upper section is heavily overgrown with dog hobble. The wet foliage constantly brushing against hikers can be irritating.

5 months ago

Hiked to camp 53. Quiet walk with some steep switchbacks near the trailhead. The camp was settled right on the creek.

6 months ago

This is one of my most favorite hikes in the smokies. The terrain is manageable if hailed from the top down. Through the whole trail from start to finish you will experience the vast wild flowers that the smokies are famous for. The trail was in excellent shape given the amount of rain it had a week before. Very few campers in the area.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We loved this trail...we obtained a backcountry camping permit and stayed at halfway point....will definately do it again

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Very pretty and a good workout.

Friday, February 24, 2017

this was my first time in the great smokies. the first 3 or so miles of this hike are pretty mellow, with beautiful river crossings and awesome scenery. as we got to the 4th mile, we ran into some pretty gnarly ridges, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. we camped at site 59 and hung out for two nights, beautiful site next to deep creek. overall, it was a nice and tranquil hike, but it was more intense that we thought it would be. I would rank this a moderate hike.

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