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North Carolina Trails

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Deep Creek Loop Trail

This moderate 5.5-mile loop on the eastern boundary of the Smokies combines stellar woodland hiking with superb waterfall exploration.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.9

Waypoints

DCL001

Location: 35.4648132324219, -83.4335479736328

Head N-NE on Deep Creek Trail

DCL002

Location: 35.4667930603027, -83.4301605224609

Tom Branch Falls; continue straight

DCL003

Location: 35.4691925048828, -83.4296798706055

Take a dip in swimming hole along Deep Creek

DCL004

Location: 35.4725341796875, -83.4287872314453

Bear R @ Y onto Indian Creek Trail

DCL005

Location: 35.47265625, -83.4277420043945

Detour L to go to the base of Indian Creek Falls; return to main trail; turn L

DCL006

Location: 35.4728164672852, -83.4210968017578

Straight @ 3-way with Stone Pile Gap Trail

DCL007

Location: 35.4757614135742, -83.4175643920898

L @ 3-way onto Loop Trail

DCL008

Location: 35.4774589538574, -83.4224319458008

Straight @ 3-way with Sunkota Ridge Trail

DCL009

Location: 35.4848136901856, -83.4233932495117

L @ 3-way with Deep Creek Trail

DCL010

Location: 35.4736366271973, -83.4300231933594

Bear R @ 3-way onto Deep Creek Horse Trail

DCL011

Location: 35.4736289978027, -83.4304428100586

Cross Deep Creek

DCL012

Location: 35.4662246704102, -83.434196472168

Bear L @ Y to Juney Whank Falls; continue up stone steps to main path and take L

DCL013

Location: 35.4647331237793, -83.4347991943359

Sharp L @ 3-way; go to trailhead