Juney Whank Falls

A perfect stop on the hike to Tom Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls.

Fed by Juney Whank Branch, the falls includes a combination of cascades and sliding water, the largest portion of which has a height of 25 feet. Historians argue over whether the falls were named for Junaluska “Juney” Whank, who lived in the area, was named after the famous Cherokee chief Junaluska, and was supposedly buried nearby, or for the Cherokee phrase “Juney Whank,” meaning, “where the bear passes.”

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Hike Description

The trail starts from the upper end of the parking area. A sign here calls it Juney Whank Loop Trail. You’ll climb steeply to the junction with Deep Creek Horse Trail at 400 feet. Turn right and continue climbing another 285 yards to a side path on the right, from which point the waterfall is visible. Take the side path to the footbridge at the falls.
To make this a loop hike, continue on the path, climbing to rejoin the horse trail. Turn right, go 50 feet, and take the right fork to descend to Deep Creek Trail. A right turn will bring you back to the parking area. The total distance on the loop is 0.6 mile.

 

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Safety

  • 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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