TENNESSEE – GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NAT’L PARK – Porters Creek Trail
Photo Experience: Porters Creek Trail is one of my favorite spring wildflower locations. Just after mid-April is usually an ideal time to be walking along this old road bed. And this year did not disappoint. Along the first mile of the gentle uphill grade, I found enough opportunities with wild geranium, trillium, violets, and crested dwarf iris to occupy several hours. A macro lens – or other close-up equipment – will come in handy here. If you are in this area on a sunny day, a diffusion disc will also be helpful.
Other Info: The trailhead is located at the end of the road in the Greenbrier section of the Park. (This is about 4 miles from US 321. At 3.1 miles, a road branches off to the left. Stay straight.) Pit toilets are available at the Greenbrier Picnic Area, about 3 miles from US 321. Parking is limited at the trailhead. Try to get there early. And you’ll have to contend with fewer people if you can go during the week, rather than on the weekend.