832 – Jonas Creek Falls

Accessibility – Moderate+

Height – 8-10′

Distance – 14.2 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 4

Photo rating – 3

Solitude – 1

GPS Info: LAT 35.51915 LONG -83.55632

Last Updated – 01-21-2023

Last Visited – 07-14-2021

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Jonas Creek Falls is in the middle of nowhere in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There is no short way to access it and the only reason I accessed it was becone it happened to be along the route I was hiking. It is located on the Jonas Creek Trail 0.6 miles from where it splits from the Forney Creek Trail.

The closest TH is at the Road to Nowhere tunnel in Bryson City. 35.45894, -83.53779.

The hike. I’m going to abbreviate this one. I’ll give trail names and miles. The coolest part of the hike is the tunnel. Just keep that in mind. Start by walking through the tunnel and continue onto the Lakeshore Trail. Two miles down the Lakeshore Trail make a right onto the Whiteoak Branch Trail. You will be on the Whiteoak Branch Trail for 1.8 miles to where it comes to a T junction with the Forney Creek Trail. Follow the Forney Creek Trail upstream for 2.7 miles to where the JOnas Creek Trail crosses Forney Creek on a log bridge. The waterfall is 0.6 miles up the Jonas Ridge Trail. The trail croses the creek just below the falls, requiring a short bushwhack to reach it.

I came all this way for that?