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Big Creek Trail follows an old railroad grade used to haul lumber out of the mountains during the logging boom at the start of the 20th century. At 1.4 miles the trail passes Midnight Hole, a deep, picturesque pool below a 6' falls. At 2.1 miles a short side trail on the left leads to a bench where hikers can rest and view Mouse Creek Falls which is on the far side of Big Creek. The falls are 45' in height.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the most visited national park in the United States. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park. It encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi) making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States.