Waterfalls in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Indian Creek Falls – November 2014

The Great Smokey Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is a vast wilderness area containing dozens of waterfalls and scores of trails. Thus far my only foray into the park was in the Cherokee/Deep Creek Area and all of the falls we visited were from this area. The trio were all accessed from the same trailhead and parking area near Bryson City NC. This area is relatively new to me but in the future I will likely be spending more time exploring the GSMNP. As we did the three falls as a single hike, the hike to Tom Branch Falls will start at Juney Whank Falls and the hike to Indian Creek will begin at Tom Branch.

057 – Juney Whank Falls

058 – Tom Branch Falls

059 – Indian Creek Falls

The trailhead for Juney Whank Falls is located north of Bryson City NC. To reach the trailhead from the intersection of NC441 and NC19 in Cherokee drive 10 miles south on NC19 to Everett Street in Bryson City. Make a right onto Everett and drive for 0.2 miles before turning right onto Depot Street. As you drive down Depot Street you will see the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad on your right. Make a left onto Ramseur Street followed by an immediate right onto Deep Creek Road. The park entrance is 2.3 miles down Deep Creek Road. There is a sign here for the Great Smokey Mountain National park. Roughly half a mile from the sign there is a parking area on the left hand side. This is the parking area for the Juney Whank Falls Trailhead, which will also lead to Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls.