Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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.

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

The trail is easy to walk which is a good thing as the creeks had my attention most of the time. These creeks in early January had a lot of snow/ice in them.
I will be back when the leaves are out!

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.

Really nice kid friendly trail

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.

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.

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.

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

nature trips
9 months ago

One of my first trips with my fiance. Loved seeing the waterfall. ❤ Easy to get to. I recommend you wear good tread shoes though. If the ground is wet, it gets very slick!

Hiked this trail back in Feb.on a HIKECATION to Fontana Village Resort. Loved the long tunnel on the Road to Nowhere( Now I can tell people I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TO NOWHERE. LOL LOL) Had cell phone reception on parts of this trail that wouldn't have thought I would have gotten in. This is a really great trail, enjoyed the hike lots.

hiking
10 months ago

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

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