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Big Creek Trail

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5.9 Miles 9.5 Kilometers

1,358' 414 m


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Avg Grade (2°)


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3,098' 944 m


1,740' 530 m


Shared By Max Willner


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A scenic 6.5 mile trail along the beautiful Big Creek, leading to the Mt. Sterling fire tower.

Max Willner

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

All campsites must be registered with the Great Smokey National Park, which can be done here.


Beginning at the Big Creek campground, follow the sign to the Big Creek trailhead. Roughly 1.5 miles in, visitors can find the Midnight Hole Falls and the Mouse Creek Falls at 2 miles.

This is ideal for those looking for a short journey with a nice view of the falls. The trail is a steady ascent, but the grade is not terribly strenuous and is remarkably consistent. You won't have to worry about many obstacles while on trail, so take your time to appreciate your surroundings.

It's 5.1 miles from the campground to Walnut Bottom (Campsite 37), with a moderate elevation gain. At the campsite, there is ample room for tents and hammocks and there's a water source in close proximity. Multiple fire pits can be found at the campsite and there is usually a decent supply of firewood in the surrounding area.

Flora & Fauna

As with any trail in the Smokies, you might see black bears. There are abundant salamanders (31 different species) in the creeks. Spring wildflowers peak from early April through late May along the entire route, with some later blooms at the higher elevations.

For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.


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Jul 4, 2018
buddy beavers
May 17, 2018
Ryan Pfeifer
Dec 3, 2017
Gretchen Pardon
Easy trail. Big Creek follows the alongside the 1st half of trail with plenty of nice spots for pictures or summer swimming. 2nd half level and easy. 6.1mi — 2h 45m
Sep 23, 2017
Claire Humston
Aug 6, 2017
Yangki Jin
Jul 6, 2017
Ryan Amig
Good hike to midnight hole and little mouse creek falls. 2mi
Jun 27, 2017
Brittani Koroknay
Went as far as Midnight Hole. Had the Bob stroller and the back carrier for the kids. Trail was wide but bumpy. 3mi
Apr 25, 2017
Harold Luth
Hike in NC along Big Creek

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Big Creek trail does NOT got to Mt Sterling Fire tower. Feb 15, 2018

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