Top Adventures in Bryson City

  • Hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook

    To start the hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook begin from the Noland Divide Trailhead in Deep Creek. The trail is a steady climb with an average gain of 700 ft. every mile. Approaching the top you'll walk along a rocky ridge line where you are able t...

    7 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Explore Old 288 and the Lands Creek Bridge

    NC 288 was constructed in the 1920's, but did not last long with the construction of the Fontana Dam as the resulting lake covered the highway. The U.S. government entered an agreement in which they would provide a replacement road, but to this da...

    1 miles

  • Hike Three Waterfalls Loop

    Start the loop by hiking the Juney Whank Falls Trail to Juney Whank Falls. The footbridge across the creek makes an excellent place to rest and take in the falls. Follow the trail across the bridge and up the bank. After about 300 feet take a righ...

    2.4 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike the Deep Creek Loop

    After parking in the Deep Creek Campground parking lot follow the signs for the Deep Creek Trailhead. The Tom Branch waterfall is just .3 miles on the right side. Hike another .5 miles, at the next intersection stay right, and you will approach ...

    4.9 miles 892 ft gain

  • Hike the Juney Whank Falls Loop

    Starting at the Deep Creek Trailhead, take a short walk until the trail meets up with Juney Whank Falls Trail. From here, hang a left and head onto the Juney Whank Falls Trail. Once you've reached the falls, continue the loop to get back to the tr...

    0.8 miles 150 ft gain

  • Hike to Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls

    From the Deep Creek Trailhead, you can hike to both waterfalls heading up the Deep Creek Trail. You will come across Tom Branch Falls quickly, after 0.2 miles. Once you've had your fill of Tom Branch, head further along the Deep Creek Trail for an...

    1.6 miles

  • Backpack Deep Creek to Clingmans Dome Loop

    This is a ~36 mile loop that goes up Clingman's Dome (the tallest point in Tennessee). Pretty challenging, not for the novice backpacker. Park at Deep Creek campground in Bryson City, NC. We did it as a 3-day, 2-night camping at sites 53 and 61. A...

    36 miles 7400 ft gain

  • Backpack the Southern Smokies: Fontana Lake to Clingman's Dome

    This is a strenuous (though not technical) hike that really showcases the forests, creeks, and (eventually) the highest point of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As this is a point-to-point route, you will want to have two vehicles - one that ...

    20 miles 5750 ft gain

  • Hike to Alarka Falls

    To visit the falls, take US-74 west from Bryson City to exit 64 . Take a left at the exit and drive on Alarka Road for about 10 miles. Follow the road all the way to the end where you will find a turnaround. Don't make the mistake of following th...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike to Clingmans Dome

    The drive to Clingmans Dome is miles of scenic overlooks that provide endless views of ridges and valleys. Clingmans Dome Road comes to a parking lot from which you follow a .5 mile paved trail to the summit.There are also several trails that star...

    1 miles

  • Hike Andrews Bald

    The trail begins at the Clingmans Dome parking lot, just to the left of the paved walkway up to Clingmans Dome. You will start the hike at an elevation of 6130 feet which is only 334 feet less than Clingmans Dome which is the highest point in The ...

    3.6 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backpack the Clingmans Dome Loop

    The first day of the hike is either 12.3 miles or 10.5 miles (depending on the campsite) almost all downhill, and the second half of the loop is 13.3 miles or 11.5 miles, again depending on the campsite, almost exclusively uphill. Just as a refere...

    25.6 miles 4000 ft gain

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      Deep Creek Group Camp

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      Cheoah Point Cabin 1

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      Cheoah Point Cabin 2

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