Located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Deep Creek is one area that is definite must visit for families! There is an abundance of outdoor activities to be experienced here such as mountain biking, fishing, camping, and picnicking to name a few. However, if you have never floated down Deep Creek on an inner tube, this is one experience that you can't miss. As you drive into the Deep Creek area from Bryson City, you'll pass several tubing companies ready to equip you with a wooden seat or fully inflatable inner tube. The upper section of the creek is a bit bumpier than the slower flowing bottom portion. Relax as you make your way down and enjoy a couple stops at the swimming hole or waterfall. For about $5 or less, you can tube all day. Don't forget a picnic lunch!
Know if you go: The plastic inner tubes with a back are your best bet if you want to sit back. There are a couple inner tube companies right at the entrance of the park which is convenient since you do have to drive up to the parking lot with tubes on the top of your car.