Porters Creek Trail

EASY 137 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
1578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

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5 days 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.

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7 days ago

10 days ago

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

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18 days 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.

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19 days ago

24 days 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.

27 days ago

Good hike, although only went halfway to the falls. My three (almost four) year old had no trouble hiking to and from the old farmstead and cabin. Very scenic with many good spots to stop along the way.

1 month ago

Great kid friendly trail.

Large tree down @ cemetery ( 5/13/17)

That increases the difficulty of the trail. 1 kid & 2 ladies could not make the needed muddy scramble around it.

Hopefully they clear it soon.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail, especially if you have kids with you. Cool spots to stop & play in the creek. Easy for any skill level.

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2 months ago

I loved all the beautiful wild flowers and the aroma from them was intoxicating. Blooms were falling from the trees and I felt as if I was in a mystical land. I hiked to the end and was so glad I did. However the "easy" rating in my opinion is wrong. It really isn't suitable for small children with the steady incline and with roots and rocks sticking up from the ground it would make it difficult, One of my favorite hikes.

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2 months ago

I was looking for a trail where I could see wildflowers in early April, and this trail did not disappoint. Loads of tiny ground wildflowers. Violets, trillium, trout lily, wild ginger, dutchman's breeches, squirrel corn... Like others mentioned, the best of the hike is up to the waterfalls. Beyond that was mostly just exercise.

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2 months ago