Tom Branch Falls, located in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a simple, but gorgeous waterfall, that gently falls into the famous Deep Creek. The fall is very short walk from the parking lot, and is easy to access for everyone.
Tom Branch Falls is located along Deep Creek Trail, in the Deep Creek Area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Bryson City, NC.
The nearly 80 foot waterfall is formed as Tom Branch gentle cascades down a rock face into Deep Creek, as it flows towards Bryson City. The fall is exceptionally beautiful in the fall, as it is covered with leaves. This is one of our personal favorite waterfalls, and simply gorgeous.
Access to the Fall is an easy 0.3 mile flat walk along Deep Creek Trail from the trailhead located at the parking lot. There is even a circular access points for cars, where you can be dropped off directly at the trailhead.
Tom Branch Fall is just up the trail on the right. There are three wooden benches to sit on at the fall, that provide the perfect opportunity to sit a while, and enjoy the sites and sounds of the waterfall, and surrounding woods.
Below the benches is an almost “beach like” area, that provides safe and easy access to the water for young children to play.
During the summer, Deep Creek is a very popular location for tubing, and while visiting and viewing the falls, you’ll see lots of tubers floating by the waterfalls, with many slowing down the put their hands through the the crystal clear waters.
This area is of course a lot more active during the summer, and the Falls is a common place to exit the creek to walk back up to the top to tube again. If you want to get photos, get their early.
You can learn more about tubing at Deep Creek using our full guide: Tubing in Deep Creek.
Deep Creek is home to three different waterfalls, that are easily accessed using the Deep Creek Loop Trail: