Porters Creek Trail (GSMNP)

  • Wildflower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Fall Foliage

4 (miles)


Out & Back

~700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

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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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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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