Indian Creek Loop

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Indian Creek Loop

Indian Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The biological diversity of the Smokies can be well appreciated on this trek, which follows lush Deep Creek to Indian Creek, then passes Indian Creek Falls to climb to Martins Gap and return via the quiet Sunkota Ridge Trail, with its drier forest, before taking you back to Deep Creek and its riverine habitat."

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"Start up the gravel road that continues from the road turnaround. In 0.2 mile you pass Tom Branch Falls on the right, dropping directly into Deep Creek on the opposite
side. Only when the leaves are off the trees can you see much of this high waterfall.

Soon you cross Deep Creek on an auto bridge and reach the junction with Indian Creek Trail on the right, just before Deep Creek Trail crosses Indian Creek. Turn onto Indian Creek Trail and follow it upstream. In a few hundred feet, you pass Indian Creek Falls—a long, steep, sliding cascade. You can see it from the trail or take a side path to the base for a closer view."

"On this long but rewarding day hike, pass two waterfalls and then walk along old homesteads amid the riverine habitat of Indian Creek. Climb to Martins Gap and return via the quiet Sunkota Ridge Trail, with its drier forest.

Winter offers maximum solitude and leafless woods, where you can see the homesites of Indian Creek more clearly. Spring presents wildflowers and the waterfalls at their boldest. Fall colors on Sunkota Ridge can be stunning. The trailhead and first 0.7 mile of the hike may be a madhouse in summer. The secluded part of the hike starts beyond this first 0.7 mile."

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Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6.5 hours
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Wildflowers

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Oct 2018