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Trail thin in spots, and creek and trail are one and the same for a bit. Beautiful to experience the transition from softwood to hardwood forests as elevation changes, #68 is a great spot next to the creek after a rock scramble river crossing I would not want to do after a heavy rain. Steady climb, but worth it (they’re all worth it lol)

hiking
16 days ago

We didn’t do the entire loop. Ended up taking the bypass trail which was narrow winding trail but well traveled and marked. Would like to try the whole trail to the lake sometime.

hiking
16 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.

One of my all-time favorite trails. It combines an easy warm up hike with incredible access to Deep Creek.

BRUTAL! Definitely not for the inexperienced unless you stick to the bottom half.
Lots of BIG and small trees in the trail, the weeds at the top are 10ft. TALL. All in all I loved it.

hiking
20 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.

hiking
20 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.

hiking
20 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.

on Deep Creek Loop Trail

hiking
22 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.

walking
22 days ago

Nice little trail. Many people don’t go past the tunnel - we only encountered one other couple on the trail, which was nice considering the full parking lot. The old homesteads and the variety of flora were neat. Only 3 Miles, so doesn’t take long and is worth the time and effort.

This is helpful.
I can do 23.1 miles.
I am waiting to hear back from some of the tough hikers to join.
I am still studying about more trails in the Smoky Mountains especially the ones that you would go down the Mountain-to-See trail. The Mingus Creek trail loop could be a good start, too.

Steep incline at the beginning, picturesque waterfalls, loved this hike!

There are some very steep areas but the loop is still a very nice and short walk. There is a nice bridge where the water fall is that has a bench. We took our two year old with us and she loved it. She walked most of the way and she got to play in the water. I will definitely go back.

Pros:
* Nice views of stream (with small waterfalls), forest, & mountains from tower on top.
* Consistent slope.
* Shady but not stuffy

Cons:
* a few places it's overgrown as not used much
* Slippery in places

Other notes:
* more like 8.2 miles than 6.6 miles
* Narrow so single file

This was a great trail. Be prepared for a pretty solid grade increase towards the middle of the hike.

Really enjoyed this hike. Ended up at 4 miles with parking and a detour to the cemetery, which we gave up on. Some uphill, but plenty of places to play in the water and stuff to see to keep it fun for a 6 and 7 year old.

We tried to go to the cemetery, but it was too far and a steep uphill walk. Plus, two returning hikers said they’d seen a bear.

Excellent gravel trail/road along Indian Creek Trail with numerous bridge and stream crossings. We had to ford at one location towards the end because of all the rain the previous day. Then Sunkota Ridge was pleasant, with the occasional glimpse of mountains through the trees.

perfect beginner hike, kid friendly. the incline might be a little tough for beginners without poles, but the incentive of a waterfall every mile is a pretty good motivator!

We went on the trail after a thunderstorm had come through. Waterfalls were muddy but spectacular to see. Not all of this loop was easy. The mountain ascent was steep for this lady who’s just starting to do longer hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

The first part of the trail is nice to see all of the Tubers having fun. MAKE SURE that you all take the right after the bridge to the LOOP trail and DONT go left to the Deep Creek Trail or you will hike for miles!!!!! We ended up going at least 10 extra miles!

We were there the first week of July. Wide, well marked trail. There were lots of other people there for tubing, but not many hiking.

Nice and easy hike, with pretty waterfalls.
We’ll go back sometime!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not extreme whatsoever, but there were some spots that required careful and steady footing. Only one spot with a large felled tree you have to climb over. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Walked this trail on the 18 of July, started around 0900 and finished just before 11. I hike fast when I'm by myself but enjoyed this trail. The trail does have a descent amount of elevation gain and the trail has a good width to it since it is designated for horses. This would be a good quick hike or can be combined with others to make a full day.

horseback riding
2 months ago

We were horseback riding. There were many Down trees. Hot, humid, still and not fun. Wish we’d skipped it.

Get there early if you want a more quiet walk. Many families there by mid morning to tube in the creek. (Which looked fun!) The trail was manageable for my older parents and younger kids. The waterfall and creek make for beautiful photos with the family.

My husband & I hiked this trail yesterday with an early start. Beautiful trail with lots to see. Love to hike with water features from the creek raging along the trail, waterfalls, & peaceful trickling streams trailing down the mountain, its here. Calm pools for fishing, wildflowers & rock formations, you won't be disappointed! Glad we arrived early as we finished our hike, loads of eager tubing fans were trekking up the trail to get a chance to ride the waves of cascading water in the creek. There is something for everyone here. A great day all the way around!

hiking
2 months ago

Not steep but long climb, the first mile was a very wide pathway but after that it was more of a trail. Overall good trail. 3 waterfalls along the trail. Some difficult parts but mostly easy

hiking
2 months ago

I was wildly unimpressed with this trail. For starters there is a bus in the parking lot, ( which is way down a gravel road) The bus has people and dogs sleeping in it, and some of the dogs run out to “greet you” (bark aggressively). Once I made it past that the trail starts nice enough. Wide, rushing creek waters. It progressively goes downhill. The last mile or so the trail has several downed trees that for a short person were difficult to cross, and then it is SO narrow and SO overgrown, you cannot see where the trail is! Both my dog and I slipped off the side several times. Now, not only is the trail super overgrown with grass and other plants, but many of these plants have briars. My legs look like I had a fight with a wildcat. At some point in the overgrowth my dog stepped on a small snake- it slithered off, thank goodness, but by that point I told myself it we aren’t .25 or less from the top, we are turning around. We made it to the top and the views are fine. There is a shelter there too. I would have continued on one way or the other but the trail there was overgrown too. We hustled down. I was done. Overall this is really an easy trail as far an ascent. It is never so steep that I was out of breath. A very gradual climb. Honestly, Unless you hear of someone coming in with a weed whacker, I’d skip it.

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