Juney Whank Falls, located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nice waterfall, with an observation bridge and benches. The fall is short walk from the parking lot, but a someone steep walk up to it, depending on which path you take.
Roundtrip Distance: 0.5 mile roundtrip
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Features: Waterfall, creekside hiking, benches
Directions: From the intersection of highway 441 and 19 in Cherokee, take 19 south to Bryson City, NC. Turn left onto Everett Street, right onto Depot Street (at The Great Smoky Mountain Railway), and then left onto Deep Creek Rd. Follow the road right into the Park, an follow the signs to the trail. You’ll know you’re there when you see a loop and a parking lot on the left. Park in the parking lot, the Juney Whank Falls Trailhead starts at the end of the parking lot.
Recommended Gear: Good hiking boots or shoes, Daypack, Dayhiker First Aid Kit, Sunscreen, some snacks, water, Water shoes and a bathing suit if you think you might want to swim.
Juney Whank Falls
The hike up Juney Whank Falls Trail to the falls is a short hike, but steep. The trail will take you up and then down to a small footbridge that crosses over Juney Whank Falls. The footbridge provides for a nice area to sit and view the 80 foot waterfall up close.
While not a large and heavy flowing waterfall, Juney Whank Falls is still very pretty, and close enough to touch from the trail and footbridge. The surrounding woods makes for a nice and shady retreat in the summer as well. As you can see below, it’s gorgeous in the Fall.
Other Waterfalls in the Area:
Deep Creek is home to three different waterfalls, that are easily accessed using the Deep Creek Loop Trail:
- Tom Branch Falls – The waterfall you are viewing now.
- Indian Creek Falls – A beautiful wide waterfall located on up Deep Creek Trail.