Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

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.

great 3 day backpacking trip! Beautiful views, some challenging sections of the hike.

Great waterfall with a bench.

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.

With most of the National Park closed due to icy conditions, this was one of the few accessible areas. Somehow, we messed this up and ended up just doing a loop of the bypass trail. By the time we realized the mistake we don’t have time to complete the whole loop. Will have to come back one day and do this correctly.

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

strong hike up to lonesome pine, after that fairly easy. I ended up looping back down pole rd creek to deep creek and camping at 60 due to a hip injury.

not much too see after lonesome pine until you reach deep creek. beautiful and wide river hike all the way back down.

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.

Really nice kid friendly 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.

Pretty consistent incline for the first 3 miles or so but the views from the Lonesome Pine Overlook at the top is definitely worth it! My husband and I turned around once we reached the top but definitely worth the climb. Absolutely beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

It's a steady climb the whole way up to Lonesome Pine Lookout. Not much to see until after about 2.5 miles up. I turned around at the Lookout and came back down. Great views, quiet and little to no traffic.

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.

This is a very nice, well maintained trail that passes by three waterfalls. It's actually a well graded forest road in most places with benches to rest. There are a number of places to get into the water.

this trail was great to hike. once you go thru the tunnel & travel straight ahead you will see a couple of trailheads. We took the one at a hard left, Goldmine trail. It was very nice & wide with a gradual descent some parts ascending.just beautiful woodlands the lake is gorgeous should have brought my swimsuit!!. the ascent at the end is a butt kicker because it is long but gratifying when you get to the top. It made for a great day of being out in. nature.

on Goldmine Loop Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Pleasant walk. Nice spot to swim when you get down to the river.
So many cars parked at the trailhead, but not quite that many people along the trail (would still call it "heavily trafficked " though...)
The up side of the horse manure on the trails was that we got to witness dung beetles creating their little balls of it and pushing them off to their nests !

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

hiking
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.

This was a very easy trail with a close-up view of the falls. The trail is gravel and dirt and is relatively smooth throughout. The falls are spectacular from a footbridge right in front of them,

Simple, easy but, steep. There is a cute little waterfall with a bridge and seat to enjoy the view of the waterfall from.

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

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