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hiking
6 days ago

Wonderful hike. Snowed yesterday and there was still a dusting on the way up. Wild flowers were out in full on the way back down. Lots of roots and rocks on the trail along with two very large old growth trees that had fallen across the trail and had to be climbed over, manageable but they are BIG trees. Overall just a beautiful hike.

Nice trail, not too long and you’re rewarded by a beautiful waterfall at the end.

One of our favorites. 4/12/18, many flower species emerging ....wild ginger around Fern Branch falls, etc, etc...now’s a good time for this trail. Suggest taking your Smokies wildflower book to reduce identification frustration.

Went after a cold front, it was like a winter wonderland
Absolutely beautiful, saw wild turkeys and deer
Not too strenuous, great hike

Great look at virgin timber.

A lot of punch in a day hike. Homestead, cemetery, river crossings, variety of plant life, and a great waterfall to boot. If you want to see lots in a 2 hr. roundtrip hike (to falls) this is a great choice.

hiking
26 days ago

AWESOME trail! Probably one of the best trails I've done. Pretty easy hike, not a lot of hills, but is rocky at points. Follows the creek the whole way which is beautiful. Very cool bridge crossing over the creek and an amazing waterfall about 1.5 miles after the gravel road splits. We climbed up to the top of the waterfall for some pictures.

Easy hike to a great waterfall with my three daughters! We could stop and have a snack on a rock while watching the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Once you get past the old settlement a mile or so in, the visitors really taper off.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail had a slow incline so it made it relatively easy. Several downed trees provided a small obstacle. Saw a couple doe on the hike we made which was so cool. Very enjoyable.

This was a pretty great trail. We just wanted to go see the waterfall. The first mile of the trail is a gravel road. At this mile, there’s an area where you can walk and go see an old farmhouse. We then continued walking on the trail for about a 1.5 miles and there was this gorgeous waterfall. We decided to turn around at that point because from my understanding, the trail went to a campsite. After the first mile the terrain of the trail got rocky and rooty. And the entire trail is uphill, but not too steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day on this trail. Flowers are beginning to show.

hiking
1 month ago

Good relatively easy trail. Uphill all the way there! The old rock fences and graveyard were neat as well. We stumbled upon it while looking for a different trail (that AllTrails sent us to the wrong place for) and once we saw the waterfall we didn’t realize it was the actual one we were seeking and we ended up hiking further to the end of the trail at campsite 31. Thankful there were people there to let us know because we hadn’t known anything of it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike along the river

I enjoy the history, the wildflowers, and waterfall. One of my favorite hikes to share with less experienced hikers to show some of what the area has to offer

hiking
1 month ago

Nicely wooded hike along Porters Creek, which is relatively scenic. Easily accessible trailhead. A slow relatively easy uphill hike. Keep in mind that it is relatively well-trafficked, especially on the weekends. If you are looking for a hike of solitude, you may want to look elsewhere or try this on a weekday. The waterfall is maybe a little underwhelming, but still beautiful!

Beautiful! The way to the trail was gorgeous and the views at the top were great. Short but steep.

Really liked this trail but if you go on the grove loop portion on the right there is a downed tree that makes it almost impossible to continue (we turned back).

We let some park rangers know at the visitors station who mentioned sending some folks up to help clear the way in the near future.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with great river views and interesting historic sights. A nice, slow climb with a great, accessible waterfall at the end. Loved every minute of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Chose this hike for easy access in winter and it didn’t fail. The drive in is gorgeous. The hike is a very scenic and enjoyable hike, the Falls was awesome and not so much traffic that we was able to spend some quiet time at the falls.
Great hike and very much recommend for all skill levels.

hiking
3 months ago

December 29. 2017. Beautiful trail. Some snow on sides of trail. Seen 4 deer on the return trip. Looking forward to hiking in spring.

Great hike. Family friendly.

Wonderful, short and steep. Great views all seasons. Note, visitor center and bathrooms were closed

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. once you get to the top, there is a trail that veers left (follow the orange tags in the trees). It leads to a twin engine Cessna (plane crash) that happened in 1983. Its a good 20 minutes down that trail at a steady pace. If you follow the top of the ridge, you will come to big grey stones (3-4 feet high). One of the stones had a memorial plaque on it. Make a 90 degree turn and take the little trail directly next to the plaque. Follow the trail down the hill and to the left (less than 5 minutes). The plane is there.

This tops my list of hikes done so far - spectacular views, a nice parking area, visitor center, and connections to the Mountains to Sea Trail if you want to add on to your day. Even if you didn’t want to hike, the views from the parking lot are worth the drive. We heard about an offshoot trail near the top that leads to a spot overlooking a plane that went down a long time ago but I think we turned around too soon. Next time we’ll push on a little further.

The best part of the trail is the loop (big, ole trees) and just before the loop (bridge across the waterfall.) No views on the old logging road up - so a longish, slightly boring climb up. The loop at the top is a true trail (so can be slow going in melting snow), and is more stimulating than the hike up.

hiking
5 months ago

this hike wasn't originally in my itinerary but since newfound gap road was closed due to snow/ice conditions, this is a great alternative!

Definitely worth the steep climb!

Stunning hike - we waited an hour or so until the weather broke (low clouds washing over the mountain with little visibility for distance viewing) The clouds brushed the foliage with ice creating a winter wonderland but no ice on the trail. Only silhouettes of trees at the summit due to the weather but coming back down the clouds began to break revealing stunning long views. Thirty minutes out (depending of course how often you stop to take in the views). Steep - for anyone with heart issues please take your time as it will pump your heart rate. Highly recommend this hike!

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