Deep Creek

Bryson City, North Carolina

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The Deep Creek that most people see is more like a little river, but then most people never venture as far into the headwaters as you will on this hike. Actually, you start on the headwaters and follow the creek downstream, watching it grow by the mile. By the time it reaches the Deep Creek Campground area, it’s a major stream, though not any deeper than other park streams. If you like streams, wildflowers, lush forests, and a hike long enough to make you feel that you’ve accomplished something, this is about as good as it gets in the Smokies.

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"The Deep Creek that most people see is more like a little river, but then most people never venture as far into the headwaters as you will on this hike. Actually, you start on
the headwaters and follow the creek downstream, watching it grow by the mile.

By the time it reaches the Deep Creek Campground area, it’s a major stream, though not any deeper than other park streams. If you like streams, wildflowers, lush forests, and a hike long enough to make you feel that you’ve accomplished something, this is about as good as it gets in the Smokies."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 14.2
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Clingmans Dome and Bryson City USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Deep Creek

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May 2018