The trail is well maintained and well marked! Trail is wide with gravel for the first mile to the old homestead then the next mile gets narrow, rough with roots, rocks and muddy to the falls. The trail is very rocky and has many places that make spraining an ankle easy, but the multiple overlooks are well worth the hike (although when we did the hike the weather was horrible and it was raining very hard so we could only see around 50 yards when we were on top of the vistas, which is why I give the trail a 4 star rating rather than a 5). Exceptional views along the creek and spectacular creek crossing on a cut log with rails. However, unlike many areas of the park, Turn right at the sign and drive 4-miles to the trailhead at the end of Greenbrier Road. I grew up in Chandler Springs near this trail and have hiked it many times. Many good campsites after Adam's Gap on the way to the state park. About 3.5 miles into the route, visitors will pass Grotto Falls. Shepherd Branch Shooting Range. 7.2 miles. Overall the trail was fairly easy walk, trail is well marked and maintained very well. From here the Brushy Mountain trail heads 4.5 miles up to Trillium Gap before rising another 0.4 miles up to the summit of Brushy Mountain. Bring a machete and you'll have a great view. Trillium Gap Trail begins at Cherokee Orchard and terminates at the Lodge on Mt LeConte in 8.9 miles. Parked at Adam's Gap and took the Pinhoti to the top of Stairway to Heaven (rock garden that climbs 500' in >1/2 mi) with 11 year old on his first backcountry overnight hike. Hiking Porters Creek: A gravel road will take you the first mile of your hike on the Porters Creek trail and lead you into a forest of trees and rocks engulfed with moss. Turn right at the sign and drive 4-miles to the trailhead at the end of Greenbrier Road. This trail would be considered strenuous by Smoky Mountain standards. The Newfound Gap Trailhead is located 12.7 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Highway 441 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This four-mile out-and-back hike leads you to a nesting area for … From Porters gap the trail heads north along the ridge of Talladega Mountain, then drops down to Talladega Creek. Pinhoti Trail: Porters Gap to Adams Gap is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Talladega, Alabama that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Be ready to take off your shoes and wade across creeks. This project is the last segment required to connect Porter Rockwell Boulevard to Redwood Road and 14600 South. Lots of mosquitos but such awesome rock formations and views :). I have decided its about time I thru hike the Alabama section. The trail is famous for an abundance of wild flowers that literally blanket the forest floor all around the trail in early April. Same area Another location near Talladega NF--Porter's Gap Trailhead, Talladega County, Alabama, US. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Had to hike off the trail a bit to get the views. The first two miles of this trail offer good wildflower viewing. The summit, at 4,928-feet, is a rocky outcrop from where Pigeon River George can be viewed. Made use of Skyline to save time (it was entirely downhill for 1.8 miles) and made contact with a friend who picked me up back at the first trail crossing of Skyline. Past Week. It is recommended to hike this trail in the springtime as an abundance of yellow trilliums near the trailhead will be starting their blooming period. including a view of the entire mountain range from the peak of a mountain. It was way too hot today plus I got a late start. Roaring Fork is a popular destination for auto tours near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.