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Outdoor Activities, Adventure Seekers, Hiking, Kid-Friendly Activities, Water Enthusiasts, Waterfalls

Big Creek Trail


Length: 10.4
Rating: Moderate
Dogs: No

The Big Creek Trail is a must-visit destination within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This scenic trail offers a variety of natural beauty, including wildflowers, a refreshing swimming hole, a stunning waterfall, and picturesque views of the river.

Starting from the trailhead, you’ll find yourself immersed in a tranquil forest setting. The trail is well-traveled and relatively easy, making it accessible for hikers of all skill levels. As you hike along, keep your eyes low to spot the vibrant wildflowers that decorate the path in the early spring.

One of the highlights of the Big Creek Trail is the opportunity to take a dip in the cool waters of Midnight swimming hole. It’s the perfect spot to take a break, relax, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

For those seeking even more adventure, the Big Creek Trail connects to additional trails, including Midnight Hole, and Mouse Creek Falls.

To reach the trailhead, use GPS to guide you to Big Creek Trail, Cataloochee, NC 37821. From North Carolina, take I-40 West to the border of Tennessee and exit at 451, Waterville Rd. Follow the road under I-40, turn left at the stop sign, then take the first left. Follow Waterville Rd with the river on your left until you enter Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Big Creek Rd. Drive to the end of Big Creek Rd where you’ll find the parking lot and trailhead.

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