Explore the most popular trails in Middle Prong Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

This was one of my favorite trails I’ve done here in North Carolina. Adventure. Some reviewers Complained about bushwhacking through parts of this trail, however if you are a native of North Carolina and enjoy hiking here, this is no surprise or an issue. Excellent views excellent trail could be better marked.

Great hike to get my heart pumped and beautiful over looks

I really enjoyed the first few miles heading in the opposite direction of the wide ATV trail. Going up the hill to the stunning vistas. So pretty. This trail was SUPER overgrown. Granted I started at 7am after a rain the previous night, but I was drenched the first 6 miles of the hike from waist to sometimes shoulder high brush. The trail isn’t overly difficult, but tested my perseverance. There are little to no trail markings and without the app I’d still be wandering around out there. I did love all the hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinator bees. Loads of blueberry bushes too.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This "trail" is crazy... in both good and bad ways. It’s really more a system of logging roads/goat trails where a machete would have been nice. I walked almost 14 miles in total. In retrospect I would have taken a much lighter pack and someone who had been here before. I second that this is not a good fit for anyone not comfortable with being lost in remote, extremely rugged terrain. I relied on GPS to get back on course several times and even then I got turned around and confused multiple times. I am not sure what the best way up is, but going counterclockwise, the first two miles is gravel. The "trail" then leads you pointlessly straight uphill through shin deep leaf litter only to get back to the road. Next, you schlog directly up a creek that turns into a beautiful but vertical tree root system overtop of a thick mossy underground spring. All that said it’s a Stunning landscape and tons of amazing unique fauna and flora of Western NC. The views really aren’t really worth the punishment but I'm glad I did it in the end.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

This trail is really two trails that start at the parking lot of an overlook. We took the right trail which was moderate in difficulty, a narrow path with many roots and rocks, a little up and down throughout, and almost all shaded. It was definitely longer than described, we didn’t make it to any end but rather turned around and it had no view. Nothing special.

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail but fair warning, the Art Loeb is SUPER overgrown. I was bushwacking for a solid 70% of this hike. I also got lost around Shining Rock and ended up climbing up part it - spoiler alert, that was not correct. A fun day over all, but just be prepared with bug spray, long pants, and GIS and/or a map and compass.

Shaded hike some wild flowers no views except where we started Goes to nowhere good condition but much longer than it says

I'd guess I lost the trail 5 or 6 times leading to rough bushwhacking up and down creek banks through heavy brush in an attempt to find it again. I started off on the left leg of the loop and probably fell down 10 times during the last mile which was straight down on loose soil/leaves. It was a punishing hike but not busy and is rewarding.

Kind of a bizarre trail that leads nowhere and is definitely longer than the map indicates. I’d pass.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

If there ever was an actual trail here, it’s hard to find now. Lots of downed trees to climb over/under, but doable even with a 6 year old and a dog. There’s no trailhead marking or pull off for parking but we parked on the shoulder of the road and walked to the first waterfall. There’s a much taller waterfall that we didn’t go up to because the rocks and fallen trees get more and more unsteady as you head up. Definitely worth the drive though. My 13 year old loved it because of the ruggedness of it. Would do it again.

A very basic in/out trail around a ridge that puts you in the woods. No creeks, no glades, no wildflower fields, no views (except at the parking lot). Not bad, but definitely not a trail anyone should go out of their way for.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail, but was confused. The trail is not properly marked; we were not able to tell when or if the trail ended. So we kept hiking and eventually hit another trail. Other than that, was really pretty trail with LOTS of moss. Myself and my dog loved it.

Always a gorgeous trek :)

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