5-18-03
Mountain Laurel at Juneywhank Falls

There are 3 falls in the Deep Creek area of the Smokies that are easy to get to - Juneywhank, Toms Branch, and Indian Creek. Dana, Kenny and I stopped here after seeing Mingo Falls in Cherokee. We came down Hwy 19 into Bryson City and I believe took a right on Everett St. After crossing the railroad tracks, we took a right on Depot St, went a block or so to Ramseur, took a left then immediate right onto Deep Creek Rd. This road curves on around for a couple of miles, passing several places to rent inner tubes to float down the creek, and ending in the Deep Creek camping and picnic area. There are a couple of parking areas and I think we stayed to the left to where the trail head for Juneywhank is at the end of the parking lot.

Water levels were higher than normal at these falls and some of the mountain laurel was in bloom. We went to Juneywhank 1st, but went up the trail and crossed the creek to the smaller path on the right side. The falls is a long series of cascades with plenty of fallen limbs littering the creek. The next shot is the lower cascades and the 2nd is the section above that. You can see the upper section of the falls in the top of the photo and the log footbridge that crosses the creek.

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The upper section of the falls is about 35' high and most of it is shown in the next shot.

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To get to the other 2 falls, head back to the parking area and follow the gravel road/trail up Deep Creek. Toms Branch Falls is about 1/4 mile up, but is mostly obscured by vegetation in the warmer months. Toms Branch spills into Deep Creek from the opposite side and the falls is about 80'. I suspect if you're there in the summer months you'll see tubers floating by.

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Continue up the trail another 1/2 mile until you reach a split. There's a sign pointing to the right towards Indian Creek Falls which is only a couple of hundred feet up on the left. This falls is about a 20 footer.

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