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Big Creek is in a less visited area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

And for waterfalls in the Big Creek area, Mouse Creek Falls is one of the great waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains!

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Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, best waterfall hikes in Big Creek NC smoky mountains. north carolina waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

 

This Smoky Mountains hike to Mouse Creek Falls is a hike through a forest, and in parts it’s also a creekside waterfall hike!

 

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Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, best waterfall hikes in Big Creek NC smoky mountains. north carolina waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, best waterfall hikes in Big Creek NC smoky mountains. north carolina waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, best waterfall hikes in Big Creek NC smoky mountains. north carolina waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, best waterfall hikes in Big Creek NC smoky mountains. north carolina waterfalls. Smokies travel blog

 

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Basics about the trail to Mouse Creek Falls

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You’ll take the Big Creek Trail to get to Mouse Creek Falls.

The distance of this hiking trail to Mouse Creek Falls is around 4 miles round trip.

It’s officially recommended to give yourself 2-3 hours to complete the Mouse Creek Falls hike. How much time you spend on the trail can depend on your fitness level, how many stops you make, and how long you spend at the waterfalls!

As you are hiking to Mouse Creek Falls, you will also pass Midnight Hole.

This is a popular spot, so you’ll probably want to make a stop here, especially if you’re chasing waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains!

 

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Your destination for google maps can be the Big Creek trailhead or the Big Creek campground loop road. If you’re coming from Gatlinburg, the drive to the Big Creek Trail parking lot is 1 hour, maybe a little less.

 

 

No dogs on the trail to Mouse Creek Falls

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In general, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not a pet-friendly park when it comes to hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the vast majority of hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains, and that includes the Big Creek Trail that takes you to Mouse Creek Falls.

 

 

Big Creek picnic area

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Right near the parking lot is a picnic area. Bring your own food and you can have a nice picnic after your waterfall hike! This actually might be the group camping area, so if it’s in use there is also the Big Creek picnic area that’s down the road.

 

 

There are bears around Big Creek

You will see a “bear-proof” heavy duty trash container at the trailhead parking lot, and all over the national park.

 

Bears near Mouse Creek Trail, Big Creek. smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

 

If you utilize the picnic area by eating food, take extra care to pick up your food scraps and trash!

 

Bears near Mouse Creek Trail, Big Creek. smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog
A note from another area of the national park, but the same applies at Big Creek! “A fed bear is a dead bear.” If bears start to recognize human food as bear food, they can become a serious threat to humans – to you! If that happens, a bear may have to be put to rest for good. This is why it’s said to be important that everyone does their part to pick up after themselves.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bear country!

 

 

Toilets at near trailhead to Mouse Creek Falls

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There are bathroom facilities with flush toilets at the trailhead parking lot. It was open when I went.

 

 

Driving to the start of the Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail

So again, your destination for google maps can be the Big Creek trailhead or the Big Creek campground loop road. This will take you to the Big Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. smokies travel blog

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. smokies travel blog

 

You’ll pass by a small parking area, and that’s parking for the Chester Branch Trail. This is also where you’ll find the Big Creek picnic area.

 

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, getting there, chestnut branch trail parking lot. smokies travel blog

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, getting there, chestnut branch trail. smokies travel blog

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, getting there, chestnut branch trail. smokies travel blog
Chester Branch Trail to Appalachian Trail, 2 miles away.
Chester Branch Trail to Mount Cammerer, 5.9 miles away.

 

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, getting there. smokies travel blog

Driving to Mouse Creek Falls Trail, Big Creek, getting there. smokies travel blog
Lots of potholes.

 

Mouse Creek Falls Trailhead parking lot, Big Creek getting there. smokies travel blog
Parking lot for trail to Mouse Creek Falls.

 

Also near this parking lot is the Baxter Creek Trail. You can go here for more scenic views across the bridge, too!

 

Baxter creek trail near Mouse Creek Trailhead, Big Creek. smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog
Baxter Creek Trail to Mount Sterling, 6.2 miles away.
Baxter Creek Trail to Mount Sterling Ridge Trail, 6.7 miles away.

 

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And now…

PHOTOS for a little bit of what to expect when hiking in Big Creek on the trail to Mouse Creek Falls!

I hiked to Mouse Creek Falls in late September 2020. Pictures are from that time.

 

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Big Creek Trail to Midnight Hole, 1.5 miles away.
Big Creek Trail to Mouse Creek Falls, 2 miles away.
Big Creek Trail to Swallow Fork Trail, 5.1 miles away.
Big Creek Trail to Campsite 37, 5.2 miles away.

 

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfalls hike. smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfalls hike. smokies travel blog

 

And then once you’re near, you’ll start to see the blue-green color of the Midnight Hole waterfalls pool off to the left side of the trail. It’s kind of hiding behind the trees. From here, it’s a bunch of rocks you step down to get to the level of the river/creek if you want to make a stop here.

 

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfall hike. how to get from midnight hole to mouse creek falls. smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfall hike. how to get from midnight hole to mouse creek falls. smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfall hike. how to get from midnight hole to mouse creek falls. smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls hiking trail to first waterfalls. waterfall hike. how to get from midnight hole to mouse creek falls. smokies travel blog

 

Then once you’ve finished up taking in the views at Midnight Hole, then you can continue onwards to get to Mouse Creek Falls!

It’s from here that you’ll have more opportunities to see much more of the creek you’re hiking alongside.

 

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Mouse Creek Falls Trail cascades, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls Trail cascades, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls Trail cascades, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike, Big Creek Trail. Smokies travel blog

 

Now, as you continue hiking, you might wonder when you will come across Mouse Creek Falls… or even if you’ve already past it?! You may consider downloading the free offline google maps before you go so you can consult with google maps to see when you’re approaching it. GPS generally works in the Smoky Mountains even if data does not. 

There is a short side trail that will take you to Mouse Creek Falls. When I went there was no sign directing you to the waterfalls. 

But I guess it’s pretty obvious… if you know what you’re looking for and when! And now you do. 👇 😉

 

Hidden trail to not so secret waterfalls in smoky mountains, Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike. Smokies travel blog

Hidden trail to not so secret waterfalls in smoky mountains, Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike. Smokies travel blog

Hidden trail to not so secret waterfalls in smoky mountains, Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike. Smokies travel blog

 

And you’ll then see the waterfalls! You can enjoy the view from the spot you arrive at, or you can take a bit of a steep trail down to see the waterfalls closer to the creek.

If you walk on the rocks to get further out into the creek, or even to attempt to go to the other side, it’s important to be very careful! Water levels also may make it more dangerous.

If you’re climbing or stepping on any rocks, take care, as rocks can be slippery and/or unstable! It’s best to test out a rock or log to see if it moves before you put your full weight on it.

 

Hidden trail to not so secret waterfalls in smoky mountains, Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike. Smokies travel blog

Hidden trail to not so secret waterfalls in smoky mountains, Mouse Creek Falls Trail, waterfall hike. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

Hike to Mouse Creek Falls, Big creek waterfalls, waterfall hike in NC smoky mountains. Smokies travel blog

 

And then once you’ve taken in the views of these waterfalls, you can head back the way you came!

 

Mouse Creek Falls trail back to start. smokies travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit of what it’s like on the hike to the Mouse Creek Falls!

 

If you are interested in Mouse Creek Falls, then you may also like these things to do around the Smoky Mountains:

 

HAPPY HIKING TO SEE THE MOUSE CREEK WATERFALLS!

 

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Best shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains

You will want good shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

In general, the best shoes for hiking in the Smoky Mountains will be hiking boots (more ideal) or trail running shoes (more versatile for everyday activities compared to hiking boots but still will give you advantages compared to regular shoes).

I liked wearing my hiking boots for the thicker soles (good on rocky trails) and the waterproof (water resistant) nature of them.

They were especially helpful on rainy day hikes to keep my shoes (and socks!) dry! They are also better to be walking on mud compared to regular shoes.

On rougher terrain (like the trails that are a bit rougher with more rocks), hiking boots are more ideal so you won't feel it on the bottoms of your feet as much.

If you want shoes that can work out better as everyday "out and about" kind of shoes, then you might like trail running shoes better! Trail running shoes are a little more durable than regular shoes, so they can also work out as good hiking shoes. Trail running shoes are a bit lighter weight and less bulky compared to hiking boots.

Shoe fit is very important for your feet! Be sure to break in your new shoes by walking around the neighborhood and/or at the grocery store before you go on your "big hike" in the Smoky Mountains!

Shop for hiking boots: Merrell is popular and known as a good quality outdoor shoe brand for hiking

Shop for trail running shoes: Salomon is popular and known as a good quality outdoor shoe brand for trail running