See five North Carolina waterfalls in and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the Deep Creek area inside the park, hike to three waterfalls. A 2.4-mile waterfalls loop takes you to Tom’s Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls and Juney Whank Falls. After the hike, relax and tube down the river. Deep Creek is just a couple of miles from downtown Bryson City. Nearby in Cherokee is Mingo Falls, a 200-foot cascade near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies. You reach the falls via a short hike up a long staircase. Another waterfall on the Cherokee Indian Reservation is Soco Falls, located just off US Highway 19 between Maggie Valley and Cherokee. It’s a short walk to the observation deck. You can also get to the base of the twin waterfall by walking down a short but very steep trail. All of these waterfalls are free to visit.These five waterfalls in the North Carolina waterfalls are part of the newly updated “Top 25 Waterfalls near Asheville.” Be careful when exploring waterfalls since water is swift and mist from the falls can make for slick conditions on land.