Explore the most popular fishing trails near Bryson City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

Nice easy trail with great waterfall views.

Very clean! Great for the family.

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

Great for a short two-day.

Great trip! Missed some views along the Noland Divide due to weather, but overall great hike.

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

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.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

Take bear spray with you. I was about 2 miles into the Sunkota Ridge Trail from where it begins when you do it counterclockwise from Deep Creek when I hear loud rustling, look up, and see a momma black bear charging me from 50 yards away with two cubs following behind. I stopped, she stopped, we stared at each other for a little bit and I backed away slowly and went back the way I came. So much for the reviews on here that say there was no wildlife to see. Ten minutes later I heard some more rustling, soiled my pants again, and then saw two deer feet away from the trail.

Great workout!! Gets steep at about 7 miles out and you keep going up for about 2 miles. But then you get a very cool payoff by following the ridgetop for about a mile of the descent. Beautiful foliage this time of year (end of October) and still managed to get flurries for about 1/3 of the hike! I was glad we downloaded the map because there were a couple times that we were a little confused when reading the signs and would have gone in the wrong direction. Beautiful falls at the end of the hike, which was a pleasant surprise! It took us about 5.5 hours and we are active adults (run, cycle almost daily).

Great hike. one of the Smoky Mountains' best.

I enjoyed this trail! It was dynamic in that both sides of the ridge had different vibes along the trail. The trail follows water a lot, which is nice. I do wish there were more open views/overlooks but the views on the trail are still pretty. Can be steep at times but mostly not too bad or gradual inclines. It's not marked very well though. We went backwards (according to how the app shows) and off trail, going a way that seemed obviously correct, but it wasn't. It did, however hook back up with the regular trail at the top without too much extra hiking.

To get to the trail u have to sign in at the trout farm and they inform u that u have to be out by 4pm. We did not find the waterfall and the trail is not maintained.

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!!

on Deep Creek Loop Trail

9 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.

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

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

10 months ago

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

10 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).

11 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!

11 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!!!!!!!

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

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.

I don't know who Martin was, but that boy must have been in shape. Follow Deep Creek which is relatively low and little elevation change that follows right along a pretty creek with many trout. Stay at one of the back country campsites 57,58, or 59 before you start your ascent up martins gap to reach the top of Sunkota Ridge. Heck of a hike but it pays off when you get on top. Call Great Smokey Mountains Backcountry office for any questions.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


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