Willow Pond is located less than one mile from the Deep Creek entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hidden in the quiet woods of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Deep Creek entrance into the park features great hiking trails, including 3 beautiful waterfalls, and during the Spring and Summer months, excellent tubing down the creek! This cabin is also conveniently located less than 10 minutes from downtown Bryson City. Enjoy the local shops, restaurants, and breweries of this charming mountain town, or stop by and check out the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train depot, all located in Bryson City. The Harrah’s Casino, Oconaluftee River hiking trails & tubing, the popular Mingo & Soco waterfalls, and the Sequoyah National Golf Course are all located about 15 minutes away in Cherokee, NC. You can also reach the Almond Boat Dock on Fontana Lake for some great swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing options in about 20-25 minutes, Or you can experience the exhilaration of white-water rafting, zip lining, and other adventurous excursions out in the Nantahala Gorge located 30 minutes away.
The views at this cabin are straight out of a Monet painting! Get ready to enjoy the long-range mountain views and a picturesque pond from the comforts of the covered back porch, furnished with tranquil rocking chairs perched dreamily overlooking the scenic masterpiece below you. The yard features an excellent stone firepit surrounded by adirondack chairs perfect for roasting marshmallows under the stars as you sit next to the charming pond and mountain landscape. Take a soak in the relaxing hot tub that is conveniently placed under the cover of a canopy, perfect to enjoy in all weather conditions. The cabin also provides a charcoal grill with an outdoor dining table on the deck.
The Willow Pond is a multilevel cabin that provides plenty of space for everyone. The entry level has a light and airy open floor plan with high vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living room. The kitchen is equipped with all the cookware and appliances you will need for an enjoyable dining experience. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining room table with seating for 6. The living room features a beautiful stone fireplace with comfortable seating surrounding a flat screen tv. There are two bedrooms located on the entry level, one being the king-size master bedroom with an en-suite bath, and the other furnished with two twin size beds.
The lower level houses the third bedroom and bath, along with a game room prefect for entertaining the kids.
Deep Creek is a popular vacation destination just outside the Bryson City limits for locals and vacationers alike. The best whitewater tubing in the Smokies, 3 beautiful and easily accessible waterfalls , natural swimming holes, hiking and biking trails lined with wildflowers,rippling trout runs of the upper creek and large picnic grounds with restrooms makes this a very affordable family friendly attraction. One that just about everybody should experience during their next visit to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. With so much to see and do in Deep Creek many of our guest spend a large amount their vacation time in this area. Though all of our NC vacation rental cabins are a short drive from Deep Creek in the GSMNP, our vacation rentals just outside the park are very popular with guest who want to make this area base camp for their smoky mountain vacation experience.
Listed below the activity information tabs are all of our cabins that are just outside the Deep Creek entrance of the GSMNP.
Map courtesy Swain County Chamber of Congress.
Map is intended as a generalized guide.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts some the most beautiful scenery of the southern Appalachians and tubing down Deep Creek is a great way to immerse yourself in this scenic natural environment. For years, generations of fun-loving vacationers have been coming back to Deep Creek to experience the thrill of riding an inner tube down the rapids of this Smoky Mountain stream. The chilly high mountain spring fed water of Deep Creek is a refreshing retreat from the hot summer sun for locals and vacationers alike. In order to experience the thrill of tubing down a natural Smoky Mountain creek you will need a tube. Fortunately Tube rental companies are located on West Deep Creek Road, which leads directly into the National Park. Right before entering the park local tube rental companies line the road providing the option of renting a tube for the day and loading it on or in your vehicle. You can choose from different sizes and types of tubes , with seats and without. These are not your average tubes, and purchasing your own of the same quality would be expensive. The tubes you rent are heavy duty, and designed to take the rocky conditions in the creek. For those that are driving a car they will find a way to load them on top so no matter what you are driving they have seen it all. You’ll follow the main entrance road of the National Park past the picnic area, and to the end, where the Deep Creek trail head begins. There is a parking lot just to the left that is often full during the summer and a "drop-off only" loop. Missing this area will be difficult, as you’ll see lots of vehicles plied high with brightly colored inner tubs and people in bathing suits setting off up the trail. Additional parking is available in the picnic area. From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trail head, you will have to carry your inner tube upstream about a mile on the Deep Creek trail. The path along side the creek is an old national park gravel/ dirt road that is wide and flat. You will pass by Thomas Branch Falls on the right as you make your way along the creek. Tubing on the one-mile stretch of Deep Creek in the National Park is divided into two sections that each offer a unique experience.
•Try to stay in the main current, and pay attention to the strongest current areas and target them with your tube. This will keep you from getting stuck on rocks and also keep you from getting caught up in calmer areas of water which can be relaxing but are a bit difficult to get out of sometimes due to them swirling.
•The rocks are sometimes difficult to see, but when you do see them and can’t avoid going over them, lean back a little or try to pull up the edge of the tube that will hit the rock first. This will allow water to go in-between your tube and the rock and often let you flow right over it.
•Water shoes – Pick up some good water shoes with a closed toe. You won’t want to carry your shoes in the tube, and you won’t want to walk up the gravel Deep Creek Trail barefoot. Flip flops are almost always lost. This is a naturally formed mountain creek with lots of rocks big and small. No beach sand found here . Also, the bottom of Deep Creek is rocky, and slick. Water shoes make all the difference.
•Beach towels and a dry change of clothes - After spending hours getting repeatedly splashed by cold water, warm dry clothes feel pretty comforting even in the summer. There are restrooms/ changing rooms in the picnic area.
•Waterproof Cell Phone Case – Or leave cells in the car out of sight. If you want your cell phone with you (for video or pictures), make sure it is in a waterproof case and has a method to attach it to yourself. Don’t think you’ll be able to keep your cell phone dry, you won’t and if dropped, locating it in the swift moving water is unlikely.
•Lanyard Key chain Holder - Many big box department stores and camping/ kayaking equipment suppliers sell waterproof lanyard style bags. These are a great choice for those electronic Key fobs. Just make sure they are sealed tight and secured to you before launching your self down the rapids.
•Sunscreen and Hat - Though most of the creek is shaded by trees, most people still manage to get a decent amount of sun exposure.
•Pack a Picnic Lunch - You will build up an apatite trying to steer or dislodge your tube and hiking back up the trail. A short break to warm up, grab a drink and bite to eat will help to extend the day's adventure even longer. There are no food or drink stands available in the park. There is an ice-cream / concession stand just out side the park entrance; but, giving up your parking space is the biggest expense.
The Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park features 3 beautiful waterfalls - Juney Whank, Thomas Branch, and Indian Creek. All 3 are family friendly and are short easy to moderate hikes, along well established and marked trails. These trails all begin at the deep creek parking area. . The trail head is right off the loop turnaround, and follows along side Deep Creek. You'll have several choices for hikes to see these 3 waterfalls. If you do all 3, it's about a 2.5 mile hike.
Juney Whank Falls - Look for the sign to the waterfall at the upper end of the parking lot near the drop off loop. Juney Whank Falls is located only a quarter-of-a-mile from the parking lot. The trail is a little steep at first, then soon connects with the Deep Creek Horse Trail. Head to the right and up, then look for a side trail to the waterfall a few hundred yards up. The waterfall is visible from here and just a short distance down this trail. Juney Whank Falls is divided into an upper and lower section. Both can be viewed from the footbridge which crosses Juney Whank Branch at the falls. Together they drop 90 feet from top to bottom. Hikers will also have the option of continuing on this same trail, which will create a loop that visits all three falls in this area. From here, you can either backtrack to the parking lot, or you can do a loop hike and only add a short distance to the hike. To complete the loop, continue on the trail over the bridge at the waterfall and connect back on to the Deep Creek Horse Trail. Turn right, then take the right fork down to the Deep Creek Trail. Turn right ( down stream) to return to the parking lot or left ( up stream) and continue along Deep Creek trail to Thomas Branch Falls.
Thomas Branch Falls - The trail begins as a wide path as it follows along Deep Creek upstream. The 80-foot Toms Branch Falls is located only three-tenths of a mile from the trail head. The park service has provided several benches for visitors to admire these beautiful falls, which spill down into the creek from the opposite bank.
Indian Creek Falls - To reach Indian Creek Falls, continue beyond Toms Branch Falls along Deep Creek Trail. After crossing the first bridge you’ll begin a gradual half-mile uphill climb to the right of Deep Creek until you reach another bridge, and a trail junction just in front. Deep creek trail continues straight, and Indian Creek Trail goes to the right. Turn right onto Indian Creek Trail. Turning off onto Indian Creek Trail gets you out of the hustle and bustle of the tubing crowd. Shortly after turning onto Indian Creek Trail (1/10th of a mile), you’ll see a sign to the left and a small trail down to the base of Indian Creek Falls and a picturesque cove.
Deep Creek offers many day hiking options for the beginner and multi-day hikes for the hard core enthusiast. The Deep Creek Trail was one of the first trails constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the newly legislated park in the early 1930s and was originally a road. This wide flat trial offers the beginner easy hiking to 2 beautiful waterfalls and connects to a loop trail to Juney Whank Falls. For a moderately challenging hike, guest can hike the 4.6 mile round trip Deep Creek Loop Trail; which connects a few trails together to form a loop that takes you past Thomas Branch falls and Indian Creek Falls, over Sunkota Ridge, through about 1.5 miles of peaceful back country forest to end back at the parking area.
For the overnight hiking and fishing enthusiast, Deep Creek Trail continues far into the back country along Deep Creek. Over night primitive campsites are located along the trail and available with backcountry permits and reservations from the National Park Service.
Hiking tips from the National Parks Service
Be sure to allow plenty of time to complete your hike before dark. As a rule of thumb, hikers in the Smokies travel about 1.5 miles per hour. Many people travel slower. Sunset times vary from just after 5:00 p.m. in December to almost 9:00 p.m. in June.
Safety is always a concern when hiking with children. While you won't need any specialized equipment to enjoy these hikes, it is always smart to take enough water and snacks for everyone. Wear sturdy footwear to make the hike more enjoyable and dress in warm layers on colder days. Please remember to be respectful and do your part to preserve these areas because they are wonderful pieces of Smoky Mountain history. Please do not move any objects you find, and leave all plants undisturbed.
Deep Creek is one of the better brown trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Brown and Rainbow trout are both present in the lower portions of Deep Creek and native brook trout in the uppermost portions. Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, but a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required. Either state license is valid throughout the park. Deep Creek is a relatively large stream that flows from deep with in the national park and immediately through Bryson City where it enters the Tuskegee River. As with most of the larger streams in the park, Deep Creek is mostly fished in its lower section that is easy to access. In warm weather, this section is usually crowded, with people floating by in inner tubes. Surprisingly, the fish have become so accustomed to the tube traffic that you can catch a trout or two between runs of tubing enthusiasts. On prime weekends the tub traffic can be nearly jammed and tying to drop a fly in is nearly impossible and not worth the trouble. Head upstream to Deep Creek’s junction with Indian Creek. Beyond that point, no tubing is permitted, and this is where the real fishing begins. From the campground you can follow the Deep Creek Road Trail for just over two miles. From there upstream, you can only access the stream by hiking the Deep Creek Trail. Spring is an ideal time to fish the creek. It’s still too cold for tubing, and mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches are abundant. Spring is also an ideal time to view the spectacular displays of wildflowers that color the trail sides. Indian Creek is a good side trip, if you have plenty of fishing time. A trail runs alongside the creek, providing easy access to the stream, which is populated mostly by rainbow trout, with a few browns thrown in for good measure. Fishing can be tight in places, but it has plenty of open space for fly casting.For up to date licensing and additional fishing info visit
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