Road Prong Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

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.

6.0 miles
1,840 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



over grown


washed out

no dogs

1 month ago

Definitely a fun and challenging trail to do! There were several creek crossings which was a welcome break from the mostly uphill walk. The trail was not super well maintained and was overgrown in many places (and even had a section that was just walking upstream in the river). Though there were not any mountain vistas, the forestry and rivers made for beautiful scenery. Don’t underestimate this trail though - we were in for a surprise since we had expected a flat trail along a winding river. With a 25+lb backpack on, it made for a moderate to difficult hike. If you’re in the area though and want to get away from heavily trafficked trails like Chimney Tops then this is it! We saw only one other group the whole time.

nature trips
3 months ago

The trail is not easy but fun, you have to cross a bunch of creeks and sometimes you actually have to walk up the creek to find the rest of the trail (so don’t give up on finding the trail lol.) the only negative is that it’s hard to find the trail sometimes and the trail is very very overgrown.

10 months ago

Sept 25 2017 took road prong from closed chimney tops trailhead walked the .8 to Road Prong but wasnt prepared for how overgrown the trail is, need to bushwack through.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hiked this trail in early January. We accessed the trail off the AT towards the Chimney tops and Newfound Gap road. the trail in our direction of travel was for the most part a wet rocky decent. Road prong offers some nice views of the river that parallels the trail however at multiple locations you will be forced to make some rock skip crossings. A section of the trail at about the halfway point actually requires you to walk in the river back and fourth until the trail picks back up which can be a little deceitful when locating the where the trail starts back but after approximately 200 to 300 yards of water trekking and back and forth creek hopping the trail becomes apparent once again. If hiking in the winter definitely beware of ice as it was quite prominent in the time of year we were on this trail. when you're about a mile and half from the road and about a half mile from the chimneys spur trail the final river crossings is a bit tricky and doesn't really offer an adequate crossing ( possibly due to recent excessive rainfall) so depending on conditions be prepared to roll up your pants and get your feet wet. all in all I would recommend this trail for a thru connector back to newfound gap road and chimney gaps but not so much for a leisure hike, the demands and obstacles of the trail are greater than the sights offered are worth.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Did this hike yesterday on our way to the Chimneys. We started at Indian Gap at the Newfound Gap Parking lot and came down the trail. It is a very rocky trail. Probably easier coming up than going down due to the slick wet rocks. Nice waterfall and cascade views in January. Several creek crossing. After rains it could be dangerous or at least very wet. It had rained some earlier in the week, but the streams were not that high. Other than walking on a creek bed for most of the hike, it was a beautiful hike.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Road Prong Trail begins at the Chimney Tops Trailhead. At about 2 miles up, the Road Prong Trail continues straight while the Chimney Tops Trail curves to the right and continues up the mountain. The Road Prong Trail continues on beside the creek. It is better to hike this trail in the winter if you are there to see the waterfalls. It can be strenuous in some areas due to elevation climb. (It meets up with the AT I believe.)

24 days ago

Tuesday, July 09, 2013