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Porters Creek Trail Wildflowers

  • 04/02/2022
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Porters Creek Trailhead GSMNP


  • Members and visitors are invited to register.

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SANP Field Event

Porters Creek Trail Wildflowers

Saturday, April 2nd, 2021


Leader: Dale Potter               Phone:  (865)-773-8114      E-mail:

Meeting place: Porters Creek Trailhead Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Time:  8:00 am

Registration available:  Beginning today 

Description: Porters Creek trail is known for wildflowers in the spring.  There will be a variety during the spring.  We will see how many different varietys we can discover on this trip. It is about 4 miles out and back to from the trailhead to the campsite.  There is a waterfall and small cemetery along the way.   

Learning opportunities:

  • Artistic composition
  • Getting adequate depth of field and a good background for a macro subject
  • Isolating the subject from the background using a long lens
  • Field identification of early spring wildflowers

What to bring: any of the following that you wish to use

  • Macro lens if you have one
  • Close-up accessories such as extension rings, screw on close-up lens and teleconverters
  • Medium telephoto lenses
  • Polarizing filter
  • Reflectors and diffusers
  • Tripod

Rain gear for yourself and a rain cover for your camera in case we have rain.

Bring snacks and something to drink.  

Walking required:

The trail has some elevation but is considered easy by hiking standards. You can go at your pace. There is a footlog you will have to cross. You can go to the campground or stop at the waterfall or some other point that you want to turn around.


Driving directions Use Google Maps and Google all four words Porters Creek Trail Trailhead.  

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

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