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DEEP CREEK PICNIC PAVILION, NC

part ofGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Service
Photo: DEEP CREEK PICNIC PAVILION
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion, surrounded by pristine mountain streams and clear blue skies, is the perfect mountain backdrop for your party or family get-together. Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Deep Creek never disappoints.

Natural Features:

Deep Creek provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. With such close proximity to one of the park's most popular creeks, this facility is ideal for guests looking for scenic water recreation and hiking opportunities.

Recreation:

Picnicking is the most popular activity at Deep Creek Pavilion, but visitors also enjoy an excursion to one of three scenic waterfalls in the nearby area.

From Deep Creek Campground, walk Deep Creek Trail 0.7 miles to the junction with Indian Creek Trail. On your way you can view elegant Tom Branch Falls located on the far side of Deep Creek. Turn right at the junction with Indian Creek Trail and proceed approximately 200' to Indian Creek Falls. The falls are 25 feet in height.

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. The trail to the waterfall is 0.8 miles roundtrip and can be accessed from the trailhead at the end of Deep Creek Road.

Deep Creek runs on the edge of the nearby group campground and provides easily accessible fishing, wading and tubing. Visitors can also enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams and rivers that snake through the mountains, with trout available in abundance.

Facilities:

This well-kept picnic pavilion offers room for up to 70 people and 15 covered picnic tables. There is no electricity at the site, but four elevated charcoal grills just outside the pavilion, make cooking for a crowd convenient.

Nearby Attractions:

Bryson City, located about three miles away, offers grocery stores and medical facilities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Ranger Station
  • River Access
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Bear Habitat!!
    • All food and items used to store or prepare food, including coolers, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicle/s at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage promptly in bear-proof dumpsters.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • Potable water is available at restrooms but not at the pavilion.
  • Alcohol is allowed at designated picnic areas.
  • There are BBQ grills for charcoal fires. Wood fires are not allowed.
  • Decorations are allowed, provided they do not damage the structure (i.e. no staples) and are cleaned up on departure. Directional signs leading to the site are prohibited.
  • Commercial activity (i.e. sales) is prohibited. Use of the pavilion for weddings and wedding receptions requires a Special Use Permit. Call 865-436-1261 for permit information.
  • Keep your confirmation notice with you in the event of a conflict with a non-reservation party.
  • A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Special regulations apply in the park.
  • Pets are permitted but cannot be left unattended. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed on trails.
  • For additional park information call 865-436-1200 or visit www.nps.gov/grsm
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.46, -83.43861
    35°27'36"N, 83°26'19"W

    Seasonal phone is 828-488-3184
    From downtown Bryson City, NC: Follow signs to Deep Creek, 3 miles away.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    DEEP CREEK PICNIC PAVILION
    1912 East Deep Creek Road
    Bryson City  NC  28713

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)436-1261
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