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Road Prong Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,840 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

washed out

no dogs

hiking
2 days ago

Very narrow trail but incredibly beautiful. Joins the stream for long stretches, so best to come prepared to get your feet wet.

17 days ago

I picked this trail because I didn't want to be around a lot of other hikers. We saw saw nobody else on trail. It was very rocky and narrow at times. There were a few water features that would allow you to get your feet wet if you wanted. One large water crossing that you either need to be very careful or get wet. Going down was a little treacherous as the rocks were slippery and I think all five of us slipped at least once on descent.

17 days ago

This is such a beautiful trail! my hiking partners and I agreed that we felt like we were in Jurassic Park! the trail is a very Rocky and slippery as many have mentioned before. So you definitely have to do it slower than what your usual Pace would be. Really have to watch the footing. The creek and Trail become one for a little while but I really enjoyed that part. Definitely a summer hike though. You want to do this one in warm, dry weather.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
washed out
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

These were some great trails. We enjoyed the demands. You have to be adventurous for this one. Probably one of the largest challenges is finding your trail through the creek. The rocks were slippery and wet when we were there so footing was a little difficult. But again if you’re looking for a demanding hike this is good for the Smokies.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Went Memorial Day Saturday with three adults and six kids. Started at Indian Gap and hiked it downhill with a car shuttle. Lots of water crossings. No bridges. Kids had a blast helping each other across the rocks and water. Worst (deepest) was towards the end near the Chimney Tops trail. YOU WILL GET WET ON THIS TRAIL. We had finally accepted this fact (i.e. got through all of the stream crossings) and then it started to pour rain. The trail is very rocky, and if it’s wet (like it was) you have to be very aware of your foot placement, as the rocks get very slick. Also had quite a few trees down that hadn’t been cleared yet. I would suggest this trail in the warmer months when it is/has been dry. The trade off for the effort - we only saw two people at the start and then three just before the end, so you’ll probably have this trail to yourself.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Extremely rocky and overgrown

hiking
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Raining, more so last mile. Two, Swift water crossings and about 7-8 rock hops. Lots of beautiful moss but the rocks were really slippery due to wet moss. We could see that trail maintenance had cut away trees blocking the trAil (thank you so much). I recommend this hike during dry weather. The grass is tall and the trail disappears at some water crossings. Not kid friendly.

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rocky
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
11 months ago

hiking
Sat Jun 15 2019

It is a bit rocky, muddy and overgrown in spots. Steady climb or downhill depending on direction. Hasn’t rained much and I managed to not get my feet wet of any crossings. But any higher and lots of trail would be covered. Didn’t see anyone else.

hiking
over grown
rocky
Mon May 20 2019

If you enjoy waterfalls this hike is the one for you. It starts off newfound gap road and is downhill for awhile on what seems to be a dried up creek. Then you walk along the main creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet! The trail may look like it is non-existent but you really have to walk through the rocks on the water until the trail comes back. Then you’ll walk alongside the river. Listen to find the best waterfalls. They may be far down but find a way to get down there because there are some gorgeous waterfalls. The path is quite narrow and you have to maneuver through downed trees and mud but keep with it. At the end of it (3 miles in) you have an option to continue to Chimney tops trail. We went to chimney tops it’s a steep uphill climb but the view is worth it! Overall, moderate-difficult trail that is very lightly trafficked with gorgeous waterfalls.

recorded Road Prong Trail

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
Sat May 18 2019

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