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Smoky Mountains Ramsey Cascades & Porters Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Greenbrier Area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park   Hike: Smoky Mountains Ramsey Cascades & Porters Creek  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 22 2020  9:00 am >> Fri, May 22 2020 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 16 2020 7:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 21 2020 7:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


You are welcome to combine all or some of the  hikes held by Trish and Jeff with these - for a full week of hiking.  This is not a paid event.  All costs:  housing, food, transportation are paid by the members themselves.  Consider housing in the Gatlinburg, TN area - please make reservations early and look for a good cancellation policy in the event of bad weather.

We will be exploring the Greenbrier area of the park by hiking the Ramsey Cascades Trail to see the tallest waterfall in the Smokies and then hiking along the Porters Creek Trail.

Ramsey Cascades Trail
Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park and one of the most spectacular. Water drops 100 feet over rock outcroppings and collects in a small pool where numerous well-camouflaged salamanders can be found.

The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000' in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty. It follows rushing rivers and streams for much of its length. The last 2 miles pass through an old-growth cove hardwood forest with large tuliptrees, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches.

Porters Creek Trail
Most famous for its incredible spring wildflowers, we will hike about 2 miles (4 miles roundtrip) along the Porters Creek Trail to the 60 foot Fern Branch Falls passing beautiful displays of fringed phacelia, bishop's cap, trillium, violets, mayapple, blue cohosh, geranium, Fraser's sedge, toothworth, phlox, crested dwarf iris, and countless others.

Thanks to Laura Erich for the event.

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Trail Snacks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles
Bug Spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Ramsey Cascades Trailhead

Located in the Greenbrier Area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  To get to the Greenbrier entrance to the park, take US-321 six miles east of Gatlinburg or 12 miles west of the Cosby Campground.  Then follow the signs to the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

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