"Mouse Creek Falls" Great Smoky Mountains National Park Things to Do Tip by jmpncsu
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Mouse Creek Falls is a scenic 45-foot waterfall on a tributary of Big Creek. The hike to the waterfall is about 4 miles round trip and easy to moderate. The trail follows an old logging road with gradual elevation gain. About 1.5 miles from the trailhead, you'll pass Midnight Hole, a small waterfall with a great swim hole (see my Midnight Hole tip). Continue another half-mile to Mouse Creek Falls which flows into the creek from the far side of Big Creek. The Big Creek area is one of the least-visited areas of the park, so this is a good waterfall hike for those looking to avoid the crowds of areas around Gatlinburg and Bryson City. Use caution if you climb out on the rocks as they are very slippery. Besides the waterfall, the Big Creek area is great for viewing wildflowers. On a spring day, the hike may take much longer than expected due to frequent stops for the pretty flowers!
Directions: From I-40 in TN, take exit 451 and follow into the park. Drive to last parking lot past the Ranger Station and campground and hike Big Creek Trail.
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