(Bryson City NC)
I was a bit surprised to find a campsite available inside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Especially since it was near a trail that went to three waterfalls. Just the kind of place for me!
About a three mile loop trail went up into the mountains. The first fall encountered was called Juney Whank. It tumbled down a rock face and under a footbridge, with a bench providing rest and a nice view.
After a good distance, Indian Creek Falls was found up a side trail. It was a pretty, double fall that cascaded into a large pool, with surrounding lush vegetation, which made it look almost tropical. An abundance of moss covered rocks added to its charm.
Deep Creek Falls flowed down several rock shelves into the creek. Each drop was unique and beautiful by itself. Had the fall colors been more advanced, it would have been an even more marvelous site.
A small cascade on a side stream appeared as a mini-waterfall as it descended over the rocks. There was an abundance of rhododendrons along the trail; so, I bet it would be magnificent in the springtime.
Camp: Deep Creek CG-NPS drycamp
Scene: Waterfalls, trees, creeks
Note: This visit occurred in October.