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4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~700 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Great Smoky Mountain National Park Topo Map

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Porters Creek Trail (GSMNP)

TennesseeNorth Carolina | Great Smoky Mountains

  • Wildflower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Activities & Features


Porters Creek Trail is a moderate kid friendly day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that goes by a beautiful waterfall. This trail goes through wildflower saturated meadows, keep an eye out for yellow trillium in particular. Along the way hikers will pass by the the roughly 60 ft. and very photogenic Fern Branch Falls on their way to the remnants of Elbert Cantrell's farmstead. Be sure to snap a few pictures of the old growth hardwood forest along the trail. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Hikers will pass by the Elbert Cantrell farmstead. Cantrell settled in the Porters Creek community in the early 1900s. A short spur trail leads to the John Messer farm site which is home to a cantilevered barn built around 1875.

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Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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