Indian Creek Falls

Sometimes bustling, sometimes utterly peaceful.

Indian Creek Falls, 25 feet high and fed by its titular creek, sees a parade of bikers and families with strollers in the warmer months, especially on sunny days. If you're willing the brave the cold, however, you might find yourself alone with the picturesque waterfall.

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Hike Description

Hike to Tom Branch Falls and continue on Deep Creek Trail to the junction with Indian Creek Trail on the right at 0.73 mile. Hike Indian Creek Trail for 100 yards to the side path on the left that leads down to the waterfall.


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2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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  • Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
  • Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
  • Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
  • Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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