Porters Creek Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Wooded hike along Porters Creek, old cemetery, historic farm site, waterfall The drive to the trailhead is nearly as nice as the hike. Once at the trailhead you will begin up a gradual incline along a wide gravel path. The trail is in a heavily wooded area, with Porters Creek on your left. This hike provides a cool respite on even the hottest of days. At about the 0.6 mile point, there is a series of rock walls and old building foundations from an old settlement. At the 0.75 mile point, is the old cemetery. Take the time to pay your respects to these early settlers. The gravel pathway continues to the 1.0 mile point, where a short spur trail leads to the Historic Farm Site. You will find John Messer's cantilevered barn built in 1875. Past the barn is the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club Cabin, built in 1934-36. The gravel path ends here. To continue on to the waterfall, take the left trail along Porters Creek. This well marked trail continues its gradual ascent for an additional 1 mile to the base of the waterfall.
A very scenic hike anytime during the year. Never too busy.
Easy hike. Good views of river.
This hike was spectacular. We hiked it in late March 2016 and the wild flowers were unbelievable. This is in my top 3 of all times hikes. I hope to hike it again one day.
This trail holds beauty any time of year. It's lush green pips even in winter. A nice waterfall in good flow, plenty of history.
Did this one on a 60 degree Sunday in January. Not many people on the trail. More wind damage the higher up you go. Several trees were cut off the trail. Not much water going over the waterfall but the creek was nice.
Enjoyed this hike! Had a lot of fun climbing by the waterfall!
Did about half of the trail with two 6-year-olds. They loved it. It wasn't too much for them and there was a lot to see and learn.
Never disappoints. Gorgeous hike. perfect day hike.
A slow steady incline - very rocky underfoot. Some small falls and we saw a deer. 3 1/2 hours hiking time to the end and back. Nice stone wall and little cemetery right as you begin the hike.
It's 5 miles round trip to falls and back unfortunately this year has been very dry skin the falls were only a trickle and missed by several before us. One think you need to be aware of is Messers lodge is on the right when you come to the first intersection. The sign should be at that intersection but it's not, and since you know the trail to the falls hugs the stream it's easy to not go around the loop causing you to miss the best thing in this hike. Things we saw, the stone wall, lodge footprint, cemetery, rusty car, barn, cabin, awesome stream with some depth, foot bride, deer, squirrels, salamanders, crawfish, and very few people. It was a perfect hike on a Monday morning, only encountered 15 people and had so many beautiful sights.