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Twentymile Creek


Medium-size freestone creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

Location Below Fontana Dam and north of Cheoah Lake on US 129. Moderate to difficult access.

Species Rainbow Trout

License Requirements NC or TN fishing license 

TwentyMile Creek is one of the most overlooked watersheds in the Park. It receives very little angling pressure, yet offers great fishing for rainbow trout. There is a good trail that leads to most of the stream, however access to the stream can be difficult due to a thick cover of rhododendron and brush that lines the banks. Classic pocket water, deep pools, and plunge pools make up most of the creek. Water velocity is moderate to fast since the creek descends in elevation from Shuckstack Mountain in short fashion. There are a few good maintained backcountry campsites along the creek offering multi-day adventures. Hike to the top of Shuckstack Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views from the fire tower.