Deep Creek (N 35.4644, W -83.4338): If you’re seeking an overnight fishing adventure, head past the tubers on Deep Creek to the more remote upper waters. Numerous campsites dot the river between 4 and 6 miles from the trailhead at Highway 441. Once there, you’ll likely have a healthy mix of brown and rainbow trout all to yourself, and hopefully a delicious dinner of pan-fried trout before sleeping peacefully by the rushing stream. Favorite campsites include Nicks Nest (Campsite 58, 5.5 miles from the lower trailhead) and Polk Patch (Campsite 53, four miles from the Hwy 441 trailhead).
Directions: From downtown Bryson City, head north on Depot St. .2 mile to Collins St. This turns into West Deep Creek Rd. — follow it into the park until it deadends after 2 miles into the parking lot and trailhead.