If you’re in WNC and looking for a short hike, and a relaxing day of tubing or just a little swimming, Deep Creek has all that for you. From downtown Bryson City, just follow the signs to Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They have bike trails, horse trails and hiking trails. The hiking trails are fairly easy. There’s fishing, swimming and tubing if you would rather do those sorts of things, but we enjoyed the short hikes to the three waterfalls. The first one we took was the Juney Whank Loop Trail. It’s about a half mile trail leading to Juney Whank Falls, which is about 30-40 feet high.
The next trail is about a quarter mile to Tom Branch Falls. There are benches to sit and enjoy this falls and a nice swimming hole at the base (watch for tubers). This fall isn’t very “full” looking, but it’s 70-80 feet tall. During the week, if it’s a nice hike and beautiful scenery you want, it’s not a crowded area to walk because most people are enjoying being in the water.
The last Falls trail is Indian Creek. Of course, if you’re up for more hiking, go ahead and hike the Deep Creek Trail, just watch for bicycles. Indian Creek Trail is a quarter mile to the 30 foot Indian Creek Falls. All total, up and back for each, the trails to the 3 falls are only 2.5 miles. They are easy to walk for any age or hiking ability and the falls are a refreshing site. The water is kind of cool, so if it’s a hot day, it will be a welcome dip. If you’re not hot natured, the water temp might be a bit of a shock at first.