North Carolina, United States
Hazel Creek is a tributary stream of the Little Tennessee River in the southwestern Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. The creek's bottomlands were home to several pioneer Appalachian communities and logging towns before its incorporation into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hazel Creek is now a back country campsite and historical area. The Hazel Creek area remains one of the most remote regions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, due largely to the fact that the North Shore Road was never completed. The Fontana Village Marina provides ferry access (via pontoon boat) to both Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek. As of 2007, the ferry ride to Hazel Creek costs $50 per person and takes about 15 minutes.