Big Creek

Newport, North Carolina

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This may be the perfect hike for inexperienced or first-time backpackers, as well as for day hikers. It’s an easy creek-side walk, but long enough to make you feel as though you’ve done something. It provides wonderful scenery and the campsite is among the finest in the park. But just because the walk to the campsite is easy doesn’t mean this hike is for weenies. Several options make it as demanding as you want it to be. The hike is on an old motor road built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. It’s wide, well graded, and never steep. Much of it follows the old logging railroad grade. Logging occurred in nearly all of the Big Creek watershed prior to park establishment.
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by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

This may be the perfect hike for inexperienced or first-time backpackers, as well as for day hikers. It’s an easy creek-side walk, but long enough to make you feel as though you’ve done something. It provides wonderful scenery and the campsite is among the finest in the park. But just because the walk to the campsite is easy doesn’t mean this hike is for weenies.

Several options make it as demanding as you want it to be. The hike is on an old motor road built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. It’s wide, well graded, and never steep. Much of it follows the old logging railroad grade. Logging occurred in nearly all of the Big Creek watershed prior to park establishment.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 10.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best season: Early spring for the wildflowers
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Waterville, Cove Creek Gap, and Luftee Knob USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Topo Map: Big Creek Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/11/2017

The campsites were closed due to bear activity so we just did the first two and half miles of the hike. Nice hike, beautiful scenery! Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole are gorgeous. Be sure to stop by the Big Creek general store, which is near the entrance. Also if you are feeling the need for a little more change in elevation, you can drive a short way from the ranger station and catch part of the Appalachian Trail and hike to the Davenport Gap shelter!

6/3/2009

This is a great hike with very little change in elevation. Although we just completed the first two miles of the hike, it was breathtaking - the rock formations along the trail, the meandering creek, blue green Midnight Hole, and finally cooly refreshing Mouse Creek Falls. We always spend time searching for wildflowers and photographing along the way so our completion times are very individual. If you stroll along like we do, you can complete this part of the trail in 60 minutes. We stay at Mystic Mountain Cabin in Maggie Valley, a vacation rental, when hiking in the area.

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