Five miles up the Big Creek Trail and five miles back and you could see most of what I documented in these photos. You will certainly see the Midnight Hole, one of the most popular swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains, and Mouse Creek Falls, another popular destination on this trail, all within the first two miles. The trail follows an old railroad grade built and used by the Crestmont Lumber Company to log the watershed almost all the way to the crest of Balsam Mountain. By the end of World War I the watershed had been completely cut over. Big Creek Trail leads hikers to other trailheads: Swallow Fork, Low Gap, Gunter Fork and Camel Gap. Horses are also allowed and you are likely to see them on this hike. The photos are from two hikes and I saved some of the stream shots for the end. This beautiful Big Creek accompanies you for almost the entire adventure offering great views of huge smooth boulders and the sounds of big waters. Enjoy!