Deep Creek, North Carolina

Deep Creek, NC is the area about three miles north of Bryson City in one of the southernmost parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Deep Creek is known for its beautiful streams and waterfalls, hiking and horse trails, tubing and even fly fishing.

Deep Creek Activities

There's plenty of things to do here for any lover of the outdoors. The area is home to many hiking trailheads, two of which are accessible to mountain bikes, and the river system is a great place for tubing and fishing. In addition to being a popular campground, the Deep Creek area is also home to a sizeable picnic area.

Deep Creek NC Trail

The Deep Creek hiking trail is 14.2 miles total starting in the southern part of the national park and ending at Newfound Gap Road, just a few miles west of Clingmans Dome. It intersects with six other trails in the area including the Juney Whank Loop, Martins Gap Trail, and Fork Ridge Trail. Mountain biking is allowed on this trail as well as Indian Creek Trail.

Hiking Trails
Tom Branch Falls in Deep Creek, NC
Tom Branch Falls in Deep Creek, NC

3 Area Waterfalls

The Deep Creek NC area is home to 3 big waterfalls: Juney Whank Falls, Tom Branch Falls, and Indian Creek Falls. The great part about hiking this area is that you can see all of these waterfalls within about a 2 mile walk around the loop, which only takes about an hour and a half.

Waterfall Hikes

Deep Creek Campground

The frontcountry campground at Deep Creek NC is open between the months of April & October. You can reserve a site by calling (877) 444-6777 or visiting There are also several backcountry sites along the Deep Creek trail.


CCC History

The Deep Creek NC area has roots with the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. One of the original CCC camps from 1933 to 1936 is now the site of the popular Deep Creek frontcountry campground. The CCC was created to help with reforestation in the area as well as unemployment due to the Great Depression.

CCC Camps

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