Tom Branch Falls
Be sure to see this one in winter or early spring, as the post-rain flows make it one of the most beautiful in the Smokies, while in summer, overflowing foliage can obstruct it from the views of passing hikers.
Tom Branch, which feeds the multilevel, 75-foot cascade, is named for Tom Wiggins, the operator of a gristmill on the stream between for nearly 40 years during the second half of the 19th century.
The trail, a continuation of the paved road, turns to gravel beyond the turnaround. If you’re hiking in summer, pay close attention because you’ll walk right by the waterfall if the sign is missing. Look for a little clearing at a large oak tree beside Deep Creek. The waterfall drops into Deep Creek from the opposite mountainside.
Trails and Waterfalls can be dangerous; take no chances, only photos for memories. Read our Safety and Insider tips to have a safe, fun and enjoyable trip to Jackson County.
Leave No Trace — Seven Principles
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
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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