By and far, Kimsey Creek Trail offers the most diverse and dramatic landscapes within the
Though tempting, this is NOT one of the recommended crossings over Kimsey Creek.
Standing Indian Basin. And water. Lots of water!
There’s water beside the trail, on the trail, across the trail, over the trail, under the trail, through the trail, running, pooling, trickling, splashing, sploshing and laughing. Oh, yes! It laughs at you at times as you try and keep your shoes dry.
But it’s all part of the charm, character, and personality of the trail. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
So, whether you walk right through the water, step across stones and logs, or perambulate over one of the many bridges, Kimsey Creek Trail in the Standing Indian Basin has a crossing for you.
Here are just a few you’ll encounter….
By the time you’re done you will have crossed dozens of these littler feeder branches to Kimsey Creek.
Looking downstream through the thick rhododendron at the first Kimsey Creek bridge.
Paralleling the creek most of the way, Kimsey Creek Trail is filled with springs and low spots that never seem to dry out.
Depending on the time of year, water occasionally flows down the middle of the trail, adding to the fun of hiking Kimsey Creek Trail.
This is one of the many bold streams that feed into Kimsey Creek. As you will see, not all of them have bridges.
Another view of the weathered, well-trodden bridge from the previous photo.
Not only a great place to cross Kimsey Creek, it’s also a great place to sit and look at the falls. (And don’t let the missing planks intimidate you. It’s a sturdy bridge.)
Made by trail maintainers or by hikers themselves, logs and strategically placed rocks assist hikers at many crossings and wet spots along Kimsey Creek Trail.
My hiking buddy, Phyto, never uses a bridge to cross Kimsey Creek. Lucky dog!
Funny how the widest feeder stream doesn’t have a bridge. No worries! There’s a narrow spot just upstream that most people can jump…or get wet trying.
This is it! The trail heads uphill away from Kimsey Creek and water becomes somewhat scarce…unless you’re caught in a rainstorm, which is frequent in this part of the Nantahala Mountains.
So…you get the picture?! (See what I did there?) Kimsey Creek Trail is beautiful, full of gorgeous scenery, and wet, but wet in a good sort of way.
Take a hike, splash in the creek, or soak your feet. You can’t go wrong, anytime of the year, on Kimsey Creek Trail.