The Deep Creek area offers a range of great options for hiking. The Deep Creek Area in Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to walk, run or mountain bike near Bryson City. Head off up the level road grade along the wide, green, and pristine Deep Creek. Soon the sound of the stream rises to a higher pitch and as you amble up to 5 benches on the riverside, there’s awesome Tom Branch Falls plummeting into the water on the opposite side of Deep Creek.
Turn around here for a mile out and back walk. The road continues along the stream past more benches and then turns right to cross a bridge. At 0.7-miles the Indian Creek Trail veers right from the Deep Creek Trail at a sign prohibiting tubing above that point. Go right, and in just a few hundred feet, a side trail descends left to scenic Indian Creek Falls (a 1.4 mile roundtrip from the parking area).
Directions: From downtown Bryson City, turn north from US 19 on Everett St. (look for the “Deep Creek Campground” sign) and follow the well-signed route north 3 miles to the park boundary. Inside the park, pass the Deep Creek Campground and the picnic area and turn left into the parking area as you reach a bridge on the right (Galbraith Creek Rd.). The road ahead is a circular drop-off point.