Midnight Hole

A Hidden Waterfall Paradise in The Great Smoky Mountains

Midnight Hole At Big Creek

A Natural Waterfall & Swimming Area Nestled In The Great Smoky Mountains

Any visit to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Hartford area should be replete with a visit to Midnight Hole:  a serene natural swimming hole tucked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors looking for an experience beyond the typical tourist attractions can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, camping, and picnic areas–all of the things you expect to experience in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. However, this national park boasts a leisure that no one else around can–a swimming spot fed by a 6-foot waterfall.  This once ‘locals only’ favorite is now one of the highest ranked natural swimming holes on the east coast, and ranked #1 by The Travel.

Midnight Hole - Natural Waterfall In The Great Smoky Mountains

Tourists Unwind at Midnight Hole: TN’s Serene Waterfall In Nature’s Playground

During summer, it is not uncommon to see 50-100 people on any given weekend day swimming in its clear waters or jumping from the large boulders that encompass it. A must-see for yourself, Midnight Hole boasts a picturesque place to swim, cool off, and relax hiking the Big Creek Trail.

About The Trip:

  • The hike begins on Big Creek Trail along its namesake, which is one of the widest creeks in the park.
  • The moderate 3-mile round trip hike to Midnight Hole follows a fairly level railroad grade.
  • It is partially-shaded with areas of rock patches and a cliff to one side lined with majestic trees.
  • There are also many small trail offshoots that are worth exploring, time permitting.

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