April 5, 2019
by Julie Dodd
Join Friends of the Smokies for a wildflower hike on Porters Creek Trail on Tuesday, April 9, as the April Classic Hike of the Smokies.
The 7.4-mile hike follows Porters Creek to Backcountry Campsite #31. The trail will take hikers to several historic buildings, including the Elbert Cantrell farmstead and the cabin built by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club in the 1930s.
Hikers will see Fern Branch Falls and could see as many as 40 species of wildflowers. Hike leader Danny Bernstein scouted the trail last week and reported that the wildflowers were “awesome.”
Danny is an outdoor writer and hiking expert. Danny has hiked every trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and also completed the A.T., South Beyond 6000 Challenge, Mountains to Sea Trail, and hiked three Caminos de Santiago.
April’s Classic Hike is “Bring a Friend” day! Current members of Friends of the Smokies can register at the regular rate of $20 and bring a non-member for free!
The Classic Hikes of the Smokies are the second Tuesday of the month, from March through December. Funds from the hikes support the Trails Forever crew that restores trails in the Smokies. In November, the crew completed the two-year restoration of Rainbow Falls Trail and now is restoring Trillium Gap Trail.