“A short and beautiful trail offering great views of the Juney Whank Falls.
— Max Willner
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
All campsites must be registered with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park also closes secondary roads on a seasonal schedule due to snow. Schedules can be found here
Backcountry rules and regulations can be found here
This trail is a wonderful little run that doesn't take any time at all. There's also very little elevation gain/loss, so it's great for families. The trail is accessible via Deep Creek Road, with a large parking area at the trailhead.
Shortly into the trail, runners will soon hear the falls before they reach them. Eventually, they'll reach a small footbridge with a great view of Juney Whank Falls
. The falls are about 50' tall. Please be careful, though, as the rocks around the fall can be very slippery.
For runners looking for a longer loop, they can take the Deep Creek Horse Trail
, then turn right on Deep Creek Trail
back to the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
The Smokies are home to more than 1,600 species of plants, most of which produce an abundance of flowers in the spring. These species include mountain laurel, rhododendron, azalea, and many others. Spring wildflowers peak from early April through late May. To learn more about the plants of the Smokies and even get a trees and shrubs checklist, visit the park's website
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage