Deep Creek Campground - Backpacking/Camping

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On the banks of Deep Creek in Bryson City, NC, the Deep Creek Campground is the go-to spot for summertime fun in the Smokies.

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Steven Reinhold


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

50.2 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

1-3 Days


Spring, Summer, and Fall

April - October

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis at a rate of $17 per night.

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Deep Creek Campground



Deep Creek’s headwaters gather high atop the towering mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The crisp cool water cuts through ravines rife with rhododendron on its way to the creek’s confluence with the Tuckaseegee River beside Bryson City, NC. Deep Creek Campground lies on the shady banks of the creek and within striking distance of an array of outdoor activities. The Campground is split into two sections. Forty two walk-in tent sites, shaded by towering evergreens, lie along the river and a group of 50 drive-up sites are available in an adjacent loop. 

What Makes It Great

Bryson City is a bustling mountain community that loves its outdoor activities. A stay at the Deep Creek Campground gives visitors ready access to mountain biking, trail running, hiking and floating adventures. The stretch of creek above the campground is a thrilling section of rambling water which lends itself to tubing. Expect to see many happy faces playing in the Creek if you visit in the summertime. Add your smiling face to this group by securing a tube at one of the many rental facilities located on the road leading up to the campground.

The Deep Creek trailhead is located beside the campground. Three Waterfalls (Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls and Juney Wank Falls) are located within a mile of this trailhead. All three Falls can be visited on the aptly named, 2.4 mile, Three Waterfalls Loop hike. Longer loop hikes, as well as out-and-back options, are also available on the Deep Creek and Indian Creek trails.

The campground is situated just outside of Bryson City, NC. Its splendors, including the Nantahala Brewing Company and their highly acclaimed Trail Magic Ale, as well as a collection of tasty restaurants are only a short drive away from your campsite!

Who is Going to Love It

Deep Creek is a favorite amongst kids. The beginner friendly trails and floater friendly waters combine to make a venue which thrills the spirit of budding adventurers. Adults will also thrive in this Creekside environment. The infamous mountain biking area known as Tsali is only a short drive away. Bring your own bike or rent one at Bryson City Bicycles before tackling the cove-riddled loops along the banks of Lake Fontana. If you are into fishing bring your rod and reel, obtain a NC state fishing license, and test your luck in the nearby waters which are home to Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Asheville, a scenic 1hour and 15 minute drive brings you through Bryson City, NC on your way to the campground. 

Reservations can only be made for the July 4th weekend, all other dates are served on a first-come first-served basis at a charge of $17 per night. Fees can be paid in cash or with a credit card at the self-serve fee machine located at the campground’s office. 

The adjoining picnic area and campground are dog friendly but many trails in the area prohibit them.  

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Deep Creek Campground

Bryson City, NC,
35.461283, -83.435375

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