Porters Creek Trail

EASY 178 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
7 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
3 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!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Even seen a black bear during the hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail in the trees by a creek and small waterfall. Don’t expect big open views but it is still a nice one to do. We hiked to the waterfall and climbed up to the top to relax for a drink before heading back.

backpacking
4 months ago

If you’re in search of breathtaking views, look elsewhere. If you’re in search of an awesome nature trail/walk in the woods that is moderately strenuous, this is it!

4 months ago

Nice easy trail with old structures, old forests, creeks and waterfalls. Not overcrowded. It snowed on us while hiking.

4 months ago

Great and interesting trail. However, I would say the sight seeing stops at the bridge going across the creek. A little further up was the waterfall but there is no water for it to be a "fall" more like a trickle. The historic sites are worth seeing on this trail!

5 months ago

Very enjoyable trail. Beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

What a fantastic family hike! We hiked to the falls with a 16yo, 7yo, and 21 month old in tow. The falls we're beautiful by the main trail, but do yourself the favor of finding a way up to get closer to them. The bridge over the creek was awesome and the water was fast.(tons of rain the previous few days) We didn't make it to the settlement, but did find the small graveyard from turn of the century.

hiking
6 months ago

Great foot bridges, Thank you park service! We hiked to the campsite at the 3.7 point, I think there wasn't much to see after the waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Fantastic trail well marked most of it is up hill. Pretty waterfalls and the creek is amazing.

7 months ago

nice hike but once you pass where the waterfall is it becomes moderate, lots of rocks and roots and narrow trails, steady incline the whole way. went all the way to 3.7 miles and turned around a tree was down so we didn't go further mainly nature after fall.

7 months ago

Great hike, mostly a nice wide trail. Loved it in the rain!! Awesome down hill jog back to the parking.

hiking
8 months ago

Unable to go to Ramsay Gate as it was closed. So this was our close option to not waste the day. It was a lovely hike with many things to stop and explore along the way. Pleasant day all together, although the falls were virtually dry.

8 months ago

nice, easy hike to the falls. There was not a lot of water coming down when we went.

hiking
8 months ago

I love a hike beside a rushing river! It was a little rainy when we hiked but that was ok. We hiked to the old homestead which was neat to see how they lived back then. We went up to the cemetery and then on up to the waterfall. You can scramble up to the waterfall but watch your footing. We didn't go any farther up, but came back down from there.

8 months ago

Good hike to get acclimated to the Smokies- the second half has dense tree cover so views are harder to come by. Be warned though- about 2.5 miles past the trailhead, I came within a few inches of stepping on a timber rattlesnake, so watch out for them.

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