Last weekend we headed back over to the Greenbrier area of The Smokies to hike Porters Creek Trail. (Second hike of 2018!) It’s located fairly close to the Ramsey Cascades trailhead (which is my favorite hike in The Smokies). It’s a pretty easy hike that totals a little over 6 miles round trip.
Porters Creek Trail
The Porters Creek Trail begins with the an easy hike on the Brushy Mountain Trail, until you reach a new trail sign to complete the hike to Porters Creek. We passed quite a few people who only hiked the 1 mile round trip Brushy Mountain Trail, but I’d recommend carrying on to complete Porters Creek Trail.
The start of the trail is a large, gravel path that leads up to an old barn and hiking club building. It’s worth the short detour to check these out. There are also some old stone walls and a graveyard along this part of the trail.
After you reach the old barn area, it’s another 2.7 miles to reach the waterfall. The trail is fairly easy, with a few bridge crossings and beautiful mountain scenery.
Although the waterfall on the Porters Creek Trail is not as impressive as the Ramsey Cascades waterfall, it is a much easier hike and would be better for beginners and young children.
And it’s still a nice view!
The photo opportunities and views are much better at the bottom of the waterfall; the part where the trail opens up and you get your first glimpse of the waterfall. To reach the top, you will have to hike/sort of climb up, but it’s not too difficult.
Overall, this was an enjoyable day hike. It was my first time hiking the Porters Creek Trail and I’d recommend it. However, it’s not the most exciting trail, and the waterfall is a little underwhelming, especially compared to Ramsey Cascades. I’m happy to mark this one off the list. Two hikes completed so far this year! There are a LOT more Smoky Mountain trails that I’m looking forward to hiking soon.