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Indian Creek Falls
Reviewed January 17, 2012

just the beauty of this place was so calm an seriene i will go back to this place :)

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Reviewed July 16, 2010

My husband and I decided to go check out the Deep Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We drove from Gatlinburg through the National Park to Cherokee and then on to Bryson City until we arrived at the park entrance. It probably took us 1 & 1/2 hours to arrive at the parking lot from downtown Gatlinburg. Once we arrived, we parked in the small lot and then started our hike on the trail.

From the parking lot you just walk straight ahead to the Deep Creek Trail, Here you will walk 1 mile (passing Tom Branch Falls and a wooden foot bridge). Most of this trail is WIDE and FLAT. As you move further up the trail, it will start to have a little bit of an inclline to it, but nothing too steep. There are lots of trees on this trail that provide a nice canopy of shade throughout the trail. Along most of the trail you will see the creek off to your left and you will see tubers floating down the creek. There are several benches along the path where you can stop and look out over the creek (especially as you get higher up from the creek). After about a mile, you will see an area to the left where the tubers are putting their tubes in the water. You will also see a second wooden foot bridge straight ahead and the Indian Creek Trail on your right. Turn right onto the Indian Creek Trail and follow it uphill about 200 feet. This section of the trail is narrower than the MAIN Deep Creek Trail and maybe a little bit more steep, but still fairly easy. Once you reach the falls, you will see a sign on your left for the waterfall entrance. You will have to walk down some steps in order to see this waterfall. Careful foot work is required here. Once you see the waterfall, you can either walk to your right to get closer to the falls or walk down another set of steps on your left to a nice viewing. We even saw one man walk down beside the waterfall to fish at the base of the waterfal!!

As we neared the falls on the trail, we kept seeing more and more yellow butterflies. Once we got to this waterfall, we were encircled with them. It really was amazing. Once we stepped down onto the viewing area for the waterfall, we saw dozens and dozens of butterflies sitting on the ground and swirling around in the air. It was absolutely breathtaking. The waterfall was pretty--not large--but still nice. But, the butterflies are what made this waterfall memorable.

Overall, we had a nice time at the Indian Creek Waterfall. The trail from the parking lot is fairly easy to walk. It is mostly flat and wide. As you near the top, it does begin to become more steep and narrow. The path is mostly dirt and rock, but we found it pretty easy to navigate. There are some nice benches to stop at along the way & the trees provided adequate shade on a HOT July day. I think this is a good trail for people of all ages. It is worth the little amount of effort required to hike to it--especially IF you are lucky enough to see ALL the butterflies swirling around. You might even want to bring a tube or rent one from one of the MANY tubing places (for as little as $3) and try a hand at tubing while you are there!

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Reviewed August 26, 2013
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