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
4 days ago

Went with the wife and kids very easy and manageable for everyone.

A fairly easy trail with waterfalls and not a lot of others on some areas of the trail. There are quite a few connections with other trailheads along this trail also. It’s a good trail to start with and do beginner hikes to build up to more strenuous hiking trails.

First off, this is a great hike. The view at Lonesome Pine Overlook is amazing. The hike to the overlook is decent, mostly forest with a small creek running down the mountain midway through the hike. The 3 rating is mostly because there are so many great hikes in the area, I probably wouldn’t do this one again until I had done a few others in the area first.

The trail is moderately difficult and took me and my husband a little over 3 hours from the trailhead to the overlook and back. About a half mile in we saw a baby black bear in the distance then about a half mile from the overlook my husband locked eyes with an adult black bear on the trail about 50 yards away. In the few seconds that we saw the bear, my husband promptly messed his pants before the bear ran off. I then got to listen to my husband yelling, “You get out of here, bear!!!” at varying intervals for the remainder of the hike.

When we got to the overlook, the view was incredible and definitely worth the hike. My husband messed himself again at the sight and sounds of what we think was a timber rattlesnake near a rock just off the trail.

We were the only two on the trail on the way to the overlook, then passed 4 hikers on our way back down the trail to the trailhead. Overall, this was a great hike.

Disclaimer: my husband is the author of this post.

hiking
1 month ago

lovely

This is a great family friendly trail for all ages. Be sure to bring water shoes, as it is more fun to get up close in the water. I found a few large pieces of clear quartz here, my boyfriend found and attempted to catch a salamander and a snake, and my parents and uncle, his girlfriend, and kids loved the photo ops.

It's great for all ages. I am a nature photographer and the photo ops are perfect. my boyfriend loved it, and it was his first time here. My parents, uncle, his girlfriend, and his kids all loved it, too. We found beautiful rocks, flowers, and even a cave!

This is a beautiful place. nice trail, with 3 waterfalls. it is a very busy trail. lot's of people, using trail for tubing. I would recommend, early morning, or winter time.

Great hike!! We hiked to lonesome pine overlook and back. Definitely a steady and tough incline the entire 3.3 miles up to the overlook. This was my first hike in the mountains, however my girlfriend with more hiking experience thought it was equally as challenging. Two small waterfalls along the way. The last 0.75 mile of the ascent to the overlook had several small openings in the trees with great views. An awesome preview for the beautiful views of the valley from the top of the overlook. We did see a black bear on the trail during our descent about 30 yards ahead of us. He was as curious as I was but after discovering my girlfriend had to retire her britches, I made noise and he went on his way. If you’re in the deep creek area looking for a tougher hike, this trail is perfect. It took us about 3.5-4 hours with all pictures and black bear interaction included.

Did the whole thing and really enjoyed it. We especially liked the steeper narrower sections of the trail. Even the 4 year old made it with minimal complaining! The kids want to go back and tube the Creek next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trails and Juney Whank Falls and Toms Branch Falls are beautiful places. Cut the hike short and missed Indian Creek Falls due to rain and approaching thunder, but will get there next time. The main Deep Creek Trail was well traveled with tubers coming up from the parking area. The Deep Creek Horse Trail that loops from Juney Whank back to Deep Creek Trail was my favorite part--quiet and little traffic. At one point on the horse trail is a rather steep side trail marked on as "cemetery." Followed the trail maybe .5 mile before rain and thunder came in. If anyone knows what's at the trails end and how far up the mountain it goes I'd love to know. I plan to follow it next time.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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

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