Indian Flats Falls via Middle Prong Trail

MODERATE 156 reviews

Indian Flats Falls via Middle Prong Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee 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.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,279 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

fishing

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horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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rocky
24 days ago

Beautiful morning hike. Once we got above the gnats (first mile and a half) we had the trail to ourselves. As mentioned in other reviews, lots of cascades and the triple falls at the end is the prize. Saw a doe feeding 20 feet from us. Bear prints and scat but no bear sighting. This is a steady climb with no real flat areas. Recommend trekking poles for all the ankle twisters. It was in the low 70’s this morning. Consumed about 20 oz of water each.

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bugs
1 month ago

Great hike! Be sure to take the trail to the left at the beginning. We weren’t sure and signs did not help. We hiked 9.5 miles after taking the right trail and then backtracking to beginning to take left trail. We saw a bear! He was not a baby but not full grown. He saw us and ran to hide. We stopped and then he ran across trail to the water.

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bugs
off trail
1 month ago

Great hike if you love waterfalls. There are so many. Don’t be afraid to scramble to see the bottom tiers of Indian flat falls. It’s worth it!

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1 month ago

This is a great choice for a moderate trail looking to get the legs in shape. A constant gradual incline on a wide trail. We had perfect weather, cool in the morning, few other hikers, and no bugs. The sound of the cascades and the views were fantastic. Much to see the entire trip. The falls were flowing. A worth while hike. We did it under 4 hrs.

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2 months ago

Easy to moderate in the beginning. We went during winter so the falls were a little hard to find in the snow. We passed it and continued on to the AT switchback. We turned back and found the falls on our way back toward middle prong. The falls are beautiful!

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3 months ago

The cut off to the falls is easy to miss. This is gps coord to where it is at: 35.59347, -83.63208 It will be on your right side when coming up. The cut off to the falls is a short hike but is narrow and overgrown. The trail getting to this point is a very wide trail which is also a horse trail. If you are looking for a nice single track type trail this is not it. You do have some nice river views along the way and it is quite a good all uphill workout.

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3 months ago

Wide creekside trail all the way till the cutoff towards the falls. Slight incline the entire way. Very recommended morning hike and shaded the entire time

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3 months ago

This is one of my go-to trails. The Cascades up the trail are breathtaking, especially in the spring. There is an abundance of wildflowers, and the falls and pool tucked into a semi-hidden area is a major “wow!” The grade and trail have some rise, but just enough to let you know you’ve hiked. Great day hike!

3 months ago

I took this hike on 5/19/19. Overall, this was a very pleasant hike that runs along side the river the whole way to Indian Flat Falls. It's uphill there which means it's downhill on the way back but the incline is very gradual and very tolerable. The temperature got up to 85 degrees but with walking under the shade of the canopy of trees and the cool breeze coming off the river made it very comfortable. Overall, if you're going the full distance to Indian Flat Falls, this is a Moderate difficulty level, however, I saw all age groups ranging from little kids to the elderly on this trail. You don't have to go all the way to get a pleasurable experience, making this trail as easy as it gets. There's plenty of rapids and falls all along the way. Indian Flat Falls is great if you're in shape to make it there. It is hidden off the main trail. There really needs to be a marker at where you need to go. Basically when you reach the point of the trail where the incline gets steeper and the trail starts zigzagging with cutbacks, it's the third cutback. You'll see what looks like a flat area with a small and narrow trail veering off to the right. That's the trail you need. There's a trail marker post about a quarter of a mile past it so if you make it there, you've gone too far. Take the small narrow path, ducking under trees and dodging over rocks for a short stint and you'll reach the nice hidden lagoon like water fall they call Indian Flat Falls. Also, you'll miss the old car if you're not looking. About half a mile past the small hand railed bridge, there's a narrow path opposite side of the river that will take you to it. It's about 200 feet away from the main trail and not visible from the main trail either. This is located in Tremont right beside Cades Cove. Whether you're just out for a stroll in beautiful nature or plan on packing a lunch to eat at the falls, this is a great hike. Happy hiking and safe trails!

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rocky
4 months ago

Highly recommend this trail for all levels. Includes a very steady but low grade climb the entire 4 miles. Very dynamic in terms of everything you see, a lot of waterfalls and rapids included. Be careful when reaching the end, it's about a 3.8 mile total and the trail for the top fall is easy to miss on the third switch back up. Maintained a 3.2 MPH pace which is just above average for my group.

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4 months ago

Awesome day to do this one again. Made it to the lower levels, just took a few minutes to figure out a route thur the brush.

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4 months ago

The trail is easy enough to navigate with lots of River activity.

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muddy
4 months ago

This one you can take the kids on. The falls are amazing and well worth the hike. Check out the side trail attractions ( Ruins of an old cabin & old model T). Many great waterfalls along the trail and creek.

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5 months ago

One of our favorite hikes!!!!

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9 months ago

Beautiful and scenic walk in the woods, very gradual incline. Nice wide trail good for in-shape people, the length makes this a moderate hike, not the elevation changes.

10 months ago

Fantastic! Last part a little tricky but not bad. Wonderful!!!

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10 months ago

One of my new favorite hikes in the Smokies. The trail starts out fairly wide and meanders along a stream (Lynn Camp Prong) while inclining steadily. This trail offers a little bit of everything: beautiful views of the stream, interesting rock formations, and relics from days gone by that give hikers insight into how this area was used in years past. In fact, most of the trail follows an old railroad bed—when the Smokies were logged, the last logs were hauled from this area of Tremont. Pay close attention to catch some of the pieces of history along the trail (including an old cadillac, an old chimney, and stone walls), as there are no official markers, just helpful indicators left by fellow hikers. The trail gets a bit more rugged beyond the junction with Panther Creek Trail at mile 2.3. Be aware that the side trail to Indian Flat Falls (approximately 4 miles from the trailhead) is not an officially marked trail, either, so keep your eyes peeled for a side trail to the right when the Middle Prong Trail swings left. If you hit the junction with two other trails, you've gone too far.

11 months ago

good trail, work the hike

11 months ago

Make sure you bear left at the beginning of the trail over the bridge. Beautiful waters.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

We hiked this trail last week and absolutely loved it. Long trek but very easy hike. If you are into waterfalls and small cascades this is the trail for you. The 3 big waterfalls also have swimming pools at the bottom to cool off in The hike is right along the water most of the way. We also found the skeleton of the old Pontiac off of the trail. The only reason we did find it is previous hikes had made an arrow out of branches pointing towards the small trail to the right. It was really cool! I also saw a bear run across the trail at about 2 or 3 miles in. So keep your eyes peeled. My boyfriend is a beginner at hiking and did this 8 mile hike pretty easily. We will definitely be back. Would have added photos, but didn’t have the option to.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The hike was beautiful with a few waterfalls along the way. There are many side paths to get better views of the river and falls as well. The last half mile or so goes past the final waterfall up an incline to a fork where it meets other trails. If you are just looking for the waterfalls and not for the next connection point I would turn around after the last waterfall that you can see from a wooden walk bridge. The bridge has no rails and is wide enough for a car to drive over. Over all good hike! I would definitely recommend bringing bug spray!!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

One of my favorite hikes. Walking along the creek was so relaxing and beautiful.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

This is a fairly easy trail and one of my all time favorites. It has beautiful cascades along the way to the pretty waterfall.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

not a bad overall hike, basically following an old logging road. if your not paying attention you will miss the hiker signs for the car and the falls, redid the wood arrows while I was out.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Great moderate hike. Trail splits at beginning of trailhead. Stay left or you will go 1.9 miles out of your way. Runs along river most of the way. Multiple small waterfalls. Slight uphill trail all the way up.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hiked this trail with my wife on Saturday the 11/11/17. We loved it. The Middle Prong is a beautiful stream. Indian Flats Falls is great. The blue piece of tape noted as hanging on a tree was not found. The small stack of rocks was at the entrance to the side trail to the falls, but it's very small. We continued our hike up to Campsite 28 for lunch. When we came back by the side trail for Indian Flats Falls, someone had knocked over the stack of rocks. It would be nice if the Park Service would put up a directional sign for the Falls! Found the abandoned car on the way back down after receiving some advice.

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