A couple of months ago, my mother in law and I hiked the Mouse Creek Falls Hiking Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This one has been on my “to hike” list since the beginning of the year. It’s an easy and beautiful hike to a really wonderful waterfall. I’m not sure why I had never heard of this hike before but it was awesome and I highly recommend it!
Mouse Creek Falls Hiking Trail
The trailhead is located in North Carolina, but very close to the NC/TN border. (Also somewhat close to Max Patch, which is another beautiful place to check out if you are in the area.) I typically hike trails that are in Tennessee, so I was pleasantly surprised that it took about the same amount of time to reach this trailhead as it would to reach one in Tennessee.
The Mouse Creek Falls Hiking Trail is 4 miles round trip and is super easy. Midnight Hole, a popular swimming hole, is on the trail before you reach the falls. We didn’t get in for a dip, but it was still pretty to check out for a few minutes.
There is a somewhat steep area to climb down to reach this view of the waterfall but it is so worth it. It’s a pretty spot to sit and enjoy all the beauty around. Don’t you just love The Smokies?
This is the perfect hike for beginners, families with small children, or even avid hikers who just want an easy morning hike. (I even hiked this while pregnant, in my second trimester, and it was completely fine.) They have some decent bathrooms near the parking area as well. Not all trailheads in The Smokies have bathrooms, so I’m always happy when they do.
The only negative is that the parking area was limited, probably around 20 parking spots total, and it didn’t seem like there were many pull offs open for parking near the trailhead. I always like hiking early in the morning anyway, so that would be my recommendation.
I’d definitely hike this one again in the future!