Gay Beach/Swimming Holes

Big Creek Area

Knoxville, NC
United States
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Several swimming holes near the NE border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Big Creek Recreation Area on the TN-NC border. Directions: From Asheville, go west on I-40 to exit 451, the Waterville exit. Turn south across the Pidgeon River and follow the paved road past Carolina Power and Light into Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Go straight through the intersection onto gravel a road, pass the ranger station on right, go to hiking/picnic area and park in parking area. BIG CREEK: There is a swimming hole right in the Big Creek Recreation Area picnic area just below a small metal bridge. A great play place, very easy to reach. UNNAMED HOLE: The Big Creek trail begins a short distance up the road from the parking area on the left. The trail is signed for Walnut Bottoms as the destination. Hike on this rustic road. At about 1.0 miles (25 minutes walking) there is a path off to the left marked by a rocky path that leads down to a good swiming hole below a small falls. MIDNIGHT HOLE: Continue on this trail and at about 1.5 miles from the beginning (40 minutes walking) there are tumbled down stone steps on an apparent path on the left that go to Midnight Hole. Here a small falls drops into a spectacular swimming hole. A super jacuzzi-like swimming hole at bottom of double falls. MOUSE CREEK FALLS: Continue up this trail to 2.0 miles from the beginning and you will hear these falls (not see them usually) and a short path leads you to the falls, which are in Mouse Creek where it goes into Big Creek. Swim at bottom of falls. POOL ON BIG CREEK: Continue up this trail to 2.5 miles from the beginning to a board crossing a big pool the Big Creek. Cross the board and go left down a path to a big rock where you can swim.

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