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Indian Creek to Deep Creek Loop

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great 10-ish mile loop in Deep Creek Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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10.6

Miles

17.0

KM

Loop

3,454' 1,053 m

High

1,817' 554 m

Low

1,697' 517 m

Up

1,687' 514 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

Overview

Indian Creek Motor Trail is a low traveled trail in the popular Deep Creek area. So enjoy about 6 miles of hiking solitude. As you get closer to Deep Creek, you'll begin seeing tourists and hikers.

Description

I recommend the NG GSMNP trail map #229 for more details.

Begin by leaving the Deep Creek Trail parking lot; you'll cross a stone bridge and head up a forest service gravel road for 1 mile. The Indian Creek Motor Trailhead will be on your left; pass through forest service gate and begin the climb up toward the junction with Thomas Divide Trail (4 miles).

Once your crest the hill, you'll head toward Deep Plow Gap Trail (1.8 miles). Stay on Indian Creek Trail heading toward Deep Creek Trailhead for 3.7 miles. Follow signs to the Deep Creek Trailhead/Parking Lot to finish out the loop.

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Shared By:

Matt Kirby

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Toms Branch Falls
Sep 3, 2015 near Bryson…, NC
Enjoying the Deep Creek Trail.
Jul 27, 2016 near Bryson…, NC
A fly fisherman trying to rip some lips on Indian Creek.
Jul 29, 2016 near Bryson…, NC
The Noland Divide Trail
Mar 7, 2020 near Cherokee, NC
Deep Creek, Great Smoky Mountains NP.
Jul 27, 2016 near Bryson…, NC
View of Falls in the summer
May 9, 2018 near Bryson…, NC

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