Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail

EASY 89 reviews

Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, 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.

5.7 miles
813 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

16 days ago

Great trail! But the waterfall is at the 2 mile mark so no need to keep going further in search of a different waterfall.

19 days ago

Amazing trail.

20 days ago

I love this easy hike, and the Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls are worth your time!
Happy New Year outdoor lovers!! :)

3 months ago

Great hike with lots of views of the river. Parking is minimal but worth it. The falls are picture perfect and there and several other areas where you can get down the the river.

3 months ago

Loved this trail. Great views along the river to Mouse creek falls. beautiful spot

4 months ago

Beautiful trail

6 months ago

We loved this hike. We only hiked about 2 miles out and then back but there were some great sights. Midnight Hole shouldn't be missed. Great little swimming spot with a fun rock jump. Mouse Creek Falls was beautiful as well. The hike wasn't difficult but definitely a memorable one (especially if you jump into the freezing water).

6 months ago

Go to midnight hole! One of my favorite spots in the smokies hands down.

7 months ago

It was a solid little hike, not very difficult. Midnight hole is awesome for swimming. Very large crowds on this hike

7 months ago

Great hike down a well-worn path good for entry-level hiking and horseback riding. Beautiful views of the river and forest the entire route. A little too heavily traveled for my liking which is why we knocked off one star.

8 months ago

Loved it!!!!!!

9 months ago

NOW for wildflowers! The start of this trail features a wide variety of flowers, maybe 20 or so and the creek is really running. Good rapids and falls.✌

9 months ago

Very easy hike on an old logging road that's a gradual slope. I hiked the first week of April after a big rain the day before and the creek was surging and so was Mouse Creek Falls. There were wildflowers everywhere! It would be great if Mouse Creek falls were marked because other less spectacular falls could be mistaken and cause hikers to stop short and miss the real falls. The only landmark is the horse tie up bar at the falls. I recommend going on past the falls to the old carriage bridge. There's a nice pool below this bridge and you can easily go down and spend time on the boulders there for a picnic or snack.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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!

Monday, October 03, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Easy hike. Heavily traveled by many going to swim in the Midnight Hole. Nice walk in the woods but not anything really interesting to see other than the falls

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Good trail great for all ages. I would recommend stopping at the waterfall

Thursday, August 04, 2016

We did not have enough time to make it up to the falls, but stopped and ate lunch at the jumping/ sliding rock there. Beautiful walk following the river

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

My kids first time on this trail and they loved it! swimming was cold and good way to cool off.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Love this trail! I have hiked it several times. Be sure to take your swimsuite and stop in at the Midnight Hole.

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