Deep Creek Trail in the Smokies 8-10 miles, moderate

  • April 20, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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We will begin at Deep Creek Campground and head up Deep Creek Trail about 4-5 miles and then return on the same route to the trailhead. Here is a link with more information about the trail we'll be on. (click on any image for a larger view)

This is presumably a great area and time of year to see the wildflowers, however don't ask me what they are!!

 

 

There are 3 waterfalls in the area to visit. Tom Branch Falls, Juney Whank Falls, and Indian Creek Falls. All of these falls are in close proximity to the start of the trail and Deepcreek Campground rather than up along the trail.

Since this is the Smokies, dogs are not allowed.

 

 

 

Campsite 57, Bryson Place is where Horace Kephart's last permanent camp was located. (We won't be going quite that far, but it's interesting) Mr. Kephart was an early and inspiring advocate for the establishment of the park and spent many years living with and writing about mountain people. Click on this link for a bit more biographical information on Horace Kephart. Mt. Kephart, near Charlie's Bunion and Mt. LeConte is named after him.  Deep Creek Trail was one of the first trails constructed in 1932 after the park took possession of the land.

We will meet at the Earthfare at Westgate plaza at 8:30 AM.  It is approximately a one hour and fifteen minute drive to the trailhead.  I anticipate arriving at the trailhead at Deepcreek Campground around 10:00 AM. We will return to Earthfare around 4:30. These are just estimates so plan accordingly so we don't need to rush back for any other engagements.

Where we're going.

 

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  • Jeff H.

    Good hike. Very little screaming, fighting, or throwing of things. Didn't feel like 12.5 miles until later that evening.

    April 21, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Great hike. Thanks to a really great group.
    12.5 miles on another gorgeous day.
    Hike stats: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/300747715

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, it was a terrific hike with a great bunch of people. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks Tom!

    April 20, 2013

  • David "El D.

    Good to meet and hike with you all. Thanks for organizing Tom!

    April 20, 2013

  • Patrick W.

    Sorry for late cancel. Insomnia strikes :-)

    April 20, 2013

  • Gabrielle

    I want to go on this hike tomorrow so bad, but will have to pass as I have an appointment that cannot be canceled.

    April 19, 2013

  • Gabrielle

    Looking forward to this hike!

    April 18, 2013

  • David "El D.

    Sounds like fun!

    April 18, 2013

  • NANCY

    Sorry....It isn't plus four...just 1...and you know who that is.
    This could change and I will know for sure in a few hours and will adjust it if I need to. Thanks, Tom!

    April 18, 2013

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