Deep Creek is home to many tubers. Every year thousands of people pick out a colorful tube and traverse the creek. Children and adults alike join in and have a great time on the creek. Kids will find the beginning very exciting and the adults will get to relax and unwind. There are many different spots to rent tubes and many different spots to explore. Deep Creek has hosted many from around the world. The waters are inviting and the colorful tubes remind you of a skittles commercial. Summer 2012 has broken heat records across the country, but tubers at Deep Creek don’t know that. Done tubing? There are many places to pull over and swim! No better way to beat the heat, unless, you move to Antarctica. Come on down to Deep Creek and cool off.
Bryson City teems with renewed energy and hiking season is in full swing. Want to get some exercise on a hot summer day and stay in the shade? Deep Creek is your perfect hiking destination. Deep Creek provides an amazing area for hikers of all extremes. Come out and enjoy the beautiful forest and fresh air. The trees and flowers provide the perfect sunblock and the creek is an all-natural air conditioner. Crystal clear water provides a platform for the tubers and swimmers. Hikers can enjoy the easy hike along the creek and visit many wonderful sites along the way. The waterfalls make for an excellent destination.
Signs mark the paths you can take, so you can always choose your destination with ease. Photographers are invited to hike and shoot everything caught in their lens. Waterfalls, scenery, and wildlife can give any photographer a cold chill. Benches and landmarks provide rest areas and the creek provides the perfect swimming hole. Is running more your style? The trail is a very wide and accommodating to all hikers, runners, tubers, and anyone enjoying the summer. Deep Creek is where all hikers should gather to celebrate this tradition and enjoy the great outdoors.
If fishing is your passion, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to try for a Rainbow Trout, a Brook Trout, or the elusive Brown Trout that populate the streams and rivers of western North Carolina. The area has long been a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts but has only recently become well known for fishing thanks to books like “Western North Carolina Fly Guide” by J.E.B. Hall, whose family has been fishing area rivers and streams for generations.
A great place to start is Deep Creek, located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park’s cool, clear streams are a popular destination and are easily accessible with well-marked and maintained trails. The best part is, Deep Creek is just a few minutes away from your Cherokee or Bryson City vacation cabin rental.
A favorite activity of locals on hot summer days, tubing at Deep Creek in Bryson City, NC is sure to be a highlight of your trip to the Smoky Mountains. Enjoying the splash of cool water as you float down a beautiful mountain stream is an experience you will never forget!
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your tubing adventure.
♦ Wear quick-dry synthetic clothing. Avoid wearing cotton, especially with young children. When cotton gets wet, it leaches body heat. Cold kids tend to complain and complaining usually puts a damper on the fun.
♦ Wear supportive footwear such as water shoes or an old pair of sneakers. Avoid flip-flops. They are likely to get lost in the water and are not particularly comfortable to walk in on uneven terrain.
♦ Rent a tube from one of the vendors along the road leading into the park. They will help you load them onto your vehicle. Beware! The tubes are light so they easily blow off the top of your car even when tied down. You will likely pass at least one person pulled over attempting to rescue their tubes from the side of the road. Don’t let this happen to you! Drive slowly on your way into the park.
♦ When you enter the park, follow the road until it dead-ends at the main parking area. Unload the tubes and walk up the pathway until you reach the point you wish to enter the water. There are several entry points, the furthest being about ¾ mile from the trail head.
♦ We recommend that kids under 75 pounds put in at the bridge about half a mile up the trail for their first few runs. There is a rapid a bit further upstream that can flip over the smaller tubes. Suddenly finding yourself completely submerged in cold water can be a bit of a shock and may lead to crying. Crying is no fun for anyone. To avoid this, let kids build their confidence with a few shorter runs before going all the way to the top.
♦ Little kids 30 pounds and under should wear a PFD, which can be rented along with your tubes. Though they may insist they want their own tube, this is not the best idea. Chances are, you will end up carrying the tube (and them) on the way back up and if they take a swim, there is likely to be quite a bit of the aforementioned crying. Have them ride with you. Trust us on this!
Tubing is a fun activity for people of all ages and is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The best part is that Deep Creek is located just a few miles away from your Bryson City or Cherokee vacation cabin rental! Have a great time!
While enjoying their vacation cabin in the Smoky Mountains, many visitors find that because there are so many beautiful places to visit and fun things to do, they don’t know where to begin! One place that has a little something for everyone is Deep Creek; located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just 3 miles from downtown Bryson City. With its cool streams and beautiful waterfalls, Deep Creek is a must-see when visiting the area.
Many park visitors choose to participate in one of the favorite local summer pastimes at Deep Creek – tubing! Floating down Deep Creek in a tube is a fun, memorable and inexpensive way to cool down while enjoying the area’s natural beauty. (More about tubing in an upcoming blog post!) If tubing isn’t for you, there are many other things to do. Deep Creek is a wonderful place to go for a picnic and an afternoon hike or trail ride. There are several loop trails that lead to waterfalls, including Juney Whank Falls (0.6 mi.), Three Waterfalls Loop (2.4 mi.), and Deep Creek/Indian Creek Look (4.4 mi.) Longer loop hikes are also possible. There are some trails open for bicycling and horseback riding is also available in the park. Fishing is also permitted for those who purchase a license, which can be easily acquired in Bryson City. (More about fishing in an upcoming blog post soon!)
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