Accessibility – Easy+
Height: Approx 80′
Distance – 2.5 miles (loop hike for all three falls)
Beauty – 6
Photo rating – 4
Solitude – 5
GPS Info: LAT 35.4666 LONG -83.4352
Last updated – 04/01/2017
From the parking area described on the main Great Smokey Mountain National Park main page, follow the signs for Juney Whank Falls. If you’re going to do one of these falls, the one you want to do is Indian Creek Falls so in that case, you might as well do all three since Indian Creek is the furthest away. The total hike is around 2.5 miles, most of which is on relatively flat ground along the creek. The majority of the elevation change takes placed on the hike to Juney Whank Falls.
Getting to the first stop on the hike requires a hike of 0.25 miles, most of which is uphill. You begin the hike at the sign at the top end of the parking lot (look for the gated gravel road paralleling Deep Creek). The trail starts out steeply as it ascends but once it joins with the Deep Creek Horse Trail, it levels out quite a bit. Take this trail to the right and after several hundred feet look for the side trail to the waterfall. The waterfall is visible from the main trail as well as from the bridge that crosses the middle of the falls. The orientation of the bridge and it’s proximity to the falls makes it about the worst spot to try and take a picture. The bridge bisects the falls about 30 feet from the top so the lower section is hidden. I saw a steep scramble path down to the base but passed for the time being.
Do what you can photographically but don’t expect much. The next stop is Tom Branch Falls.