Middle Prong Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Middle Prong Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles 1272 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

1 month ago

1 month ago

What a beautiful trail! We hiked the trail today all the way to Indian Flat Falls. It's an excellent hike. I would say heavy moderate hiking. The majority of this trail was carved by a railroad company that logged the area prior to the establishment of the park, so the first 3 miles or so is wide and well kept. A lot of rocks. The views of the stream are incredible with a lot of opportunities to get down into or cross the stream. Love the huge boulders. Lots of other water falls along the way. If you maintain course you can connect to the Appalachian Trail..another 4 miles beyond the Indian Flat Falls.

3 months ago

Beautiful Stroll with lots of water scenery

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail to hike!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike with numerous falls and cascades full shade

hiking
4 months ago

This is a fairly easy trail. The turn off for the waterfall is not marked, but it is the only fork in the road.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a nice pretty trail along a creek. You pass several small waterfalls on a steady incline the whole way up. Its not hard but it does get steep enough to get some people winded in the last mile.

It's not the kind of trail you can loose your way on, but right near the trailhead there is a fork. On tbe right its a narrow trail and the left is a wide path. Take the path. the trail on the right goes back 3/4 of a mile then dead ends at a creek.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Was hoping to cross at Panther Creek, but we went in the winter and couldn't make the river crossing.

hiking
6 months ago

This is by far the best waterfall hike in the Smokies. You come upon several nice falls almost immediately up from the trailhead. This would be considered a moderate to strenuous hike and is a bit rocky in places. Good hiking boots are highly recommend. The payoff for this one is the unmarked trail that leads down to the top tier of Indian Flats Falls.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Smooth gravel trail all the way through with plenty of history and waterfalls to see. Some of the best sights are slightly off the trail and can be easily missed. Most of them are marked with stacked rocks on the edge of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Kids loved finding the Cadillac in the woods. Very easy terrain. We were 7 miles in before we realized how deep we really were.

7 months ago

Fun and easy. Follow some small foot paths off to your right to find the waterfalls.

8 months ago

Absolutley beautiful! Nice leisurely walk.

1 year ago

This is a wonderful trail. It's long but there's barely a grade, so it's more like taking a walk in the forest than a mountain hike. The creek and falls are absolutely amazing, particularly if you make your way through the thicket at the end to see what I believe is Indian Flat Falls. Plus you find a Prohibition-era Cadillac and the ruins of the settlements that used to be on this trail. Only complaint is that the road leading to the trailhead is all rocks and gravel, so be careful driving. Definitely a hike I recommend

1 year ago

Beautiful! Very rocky so maybe not for those who have balance problems, etc. Many little waterfalls, beautiful old bridges, and an old Cadillac off trail. Research the hike before you walk and be sure to see all of the cool features.

hiking
1 year ago

First off, the drive to the trailhead is amazing, no need to beat your head against the steering wheel driving through the cades cove loop. The trail starts at the end of Treemont Rd. No worries about parking because there was plenty of space on a September Saturday.

When you cross the first bridge keep to the left trail. The trail is a wide and full of stream waterfall cascades. A pretty easy climb to the trail's 4.1 mile end point. Middle Prong Trail offers a enjoyable hike for all skill levels.

Near the end after you cross the wide wood footpath bridge and go through 2 slight incline switch backs, look for a small trail on the right leading to a secluded waterfall. The trail is a little narrow but completely worth it!

1 year ago

Awesome trail, recommend it to all levels and ages.

hiking
1 year ago

Best waterfall hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very quiet on a Friday, I didn't see any other hikers above the Cadillac. Definitely look for the side trail to get to Indian Flats Falls, it's worth it!