Indian Flats Falls via Middle Prong Trail

MODERATE 69 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.

8.1 miles
1279 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



no dogs

26 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

If this is your first time hiking this trail stop in at the Tremont Welcome center and ask for some details. The falls are not marked well, just a blue plastic strip hanging from the tree. It is a different type of trail that’s wide and fairly flat with a 4 mile incline. We bought the pamphlet and loved reading about the history. Also Loved the stream beside us with some awesome swift water over huge rocks. It was very exciting to find the old car. This is one of our favorite hikes.

5 months ago

This was a great hike! I did it with my 6th grade girl for a special mother daughter day trip. Loved walking beside
Water most of the way, and so many butterflies! We were able to find the old abandoned car which was really cool.
When you see a rock tower on your right there is a little trail that takes you to it right off the main trail..definitely worth looking for. We were the only ones on the trail the whole time, and had the falls out to our selves.

5 months ago


5 months ago

Been a favorite for years. Hiked with grandkids over Labor Day.Started very early in the morning and had the falls to ourselves for almost an hour. Observed numerous salamanders hiding in the rocks near the water's edge

5 months ago

Loved this trail. It has been favorite in the GSMNP so far.

7 months ago

Hiked the trail a couple of days ago. There were very few other hikers so it was great basically having the trail to ourselves. Sadly, the falls eluded us as there are no markers and dummy me didn't think to open the app for further guidance while we were hiking (yes, my first time using this app). I later figured out that because I had downloaded the trail map I could have looked at the map on my phone (even tho no service) to see how close we were... nonetheless, we had a great hike - the river and foliage were fantastic and we even saw a bear cross the trail 30-40 yards in front of us! Can't wait to come back!

7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Trail down to the waterfall is steep and rocky but well worth the refreshingly cold water waiting for you. Had a 4 and 9 year old that completed the hike. It took about 4.5 hours round trip.

8 months ago

By far the most beautiful hike I have ever seen! The entire journey up features the creek and waterfalls. The trail is wide and full of gravel to welcome all level hikers. Don't let the 8 mile trek scare you off, it is well worth it! Even if you are unable to make it up all the way don't worry, every step has a surprise waiting for you. When you're on your way up to the falls you will encounter a wide "footbridge" #2, shortly followed by a 4ft rock wall. When you see the wall, you will see a narrow trail. Use your ears and you will find the falls! Enjoy!

9 months ago

we found this when someone walking back from the trail told us about it . its a waterfall you do not want to miss loved it

9 months ago

I did this hike with my 4 and 6 year old kids. Nice hike with beautiful scenery. Multiple waterfalls along the way to look at. The trail to the Falls is easy to miss. I missed it and ended up about 2 miles from the Appalachian Trail. We backtracked and finally found the trail. Wow! It was secluded and beautiful! We ate a quick lunch and the kids played in the water, which wasn't too deep. We were thoroughly tired by the time we got back to the car...probably due to the extra 4 miles we hiked. All in all, wonderful hike and I would recommend...probably with older children.

10 months ago

A great hike through the woods along a stream. Many waterfalls to see. Had lunch at the last waterfall. Wide trail with steady but fairly easy going incline. Only saw a few other hikers. Very nice.

10 months ago

Waterfalls everywhere!! Water running hard from recent rains. Great trail. Lots to see-flowers, butterflies, beautiful mushrooms, and too many waterfalls to count!! Indian Flats Falls was really nice with strong flow. Great spot for lunch!! Took us 4 hours and 15 minutes round trip not counting stop at Falls. Don't miss this one!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My 12 year old son and I did this last Saturday. It is my favorite hike so far. The trail runs along the river for the majority of it with at least 4 waterfalls during the hike. Steady incline but worth every step. We were also able to find the 1920's Cadillac and an old chimney on the way. This is a pretty rocky trail so I suggest trekking poles. They help with the rocks and the two creek crossings (very shallow). We passed several hikers on this trail, so it is very popular. I loved it so much I'm doing it again next weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Did this trail by myself on February 7 2017. I had the trail all by myself after about a mile in. I only passed a couple of fishermen. Beautiful the whole way! Indian Flats Falls is a nice, three tiered waterfall.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I hiked this trail with my sister and best friend this past weekend. We really enjoyed it! It was an easy hike, but it was long. Roughly about 3 hours to get up to the falls, and 2 hours to get back down. It seemed to go on forever to us slow-paced beginners! The falls were beautiful and very worth the effort though.
You have to keep an eye out for the little path that branches off the main trail. It's easy to miss, and there's no official sign. It's right on a switchback, and other hikers had tried to mark it with a stack of rocks and a glove hanging from the branch of a small tree.

Monday, September 05, 2016

We did this trail on Labor Day. There were a lot of people on the trail. It is hard to really call this a trail. It is more like walking on a gravel road that is about 12 feet wide. The trail is the old railroad bed the logging company used to get the timber off the mountain. You can still see the old rails in a few places. The trail is rocky and you can see where horses have been using the trail. We enjoyed this trail and will do it again. We also walked up and down the Panther Creek trail. We plan on making a loop out of the two trails next time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wonderful stream views,cascades, history and the finale waterfall. Nice grade usually wide enough to walk side by side and chat. It's one of our favorites to take out of town visitors of any skill level because you can always turn around and feel fulfilled. The only drawback is it's a bit Rocky

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great trail and the waterfalls along the way are amazing.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Well worth it!!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Wow! You might miss the turn onto unmarked trail after two footbridges and two switchbacks! Beautiful.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beautiful. Would defiantly do it again.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

This was a beautiful trail the entire way. At the beginning it is kind of crowded, but after you go a few miles there are fewer and fewer people. I would do this again. The parking lot was busy, but we could still find parking.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beautiful Falls this hike is one of the best I've been on things of interest from one end to the other .

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Hiker "M8's" No one ever say which way to go here. FYI there is a sign but does not distinguish which trail goes which way. If you looking for Middle Prong ie (in route to Indian Flats Falls) stay to the left along the creek. DO NOT GO to the right trail which is "Thunderhead Trail". As for missing the turn off to Indian Flats, If you paying the slightest attention you can clearly see the cut off and hear the falls about 50 yards away. It will be on your right in the middle of a rare switchback up til this point. It says 8 miles with 1200' incline but i stopped read 20 minutes or so and went the wrong way at first and was still driving home by 1pm. I had arrived at 8am with about 6 cars already there.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Another review mentions that this trail is not marked. There is a very good reason for that: Indian Flats Falls is not a trail unto itself, but rather a short side attraction along the Middle Prong Trail. Note all of the tracks on this page for Indian Flats Falls are actually tracks of Middle Prong! The falls themselves are very nice and well worth the detour. Follow Middle Prong to a slightly obscure side trail at 35.59324 N 083.63224 W. The falls themselves are about 1,000 yards down this side trail at 35.59254 N 083.63278 W. When I visited on 6/29/14, this side trail was rocky, muddy, washed out, overgrown, and full of insects. Although short, you need to use caution on the descent to the falls and the ascent back to the main trail. I would not recommend it for small children. Nevertheless, this is a nice detour and Indian Flats Falls should not be missed!

Monday, June 09, 2014

We hiked this trail in 2013. The hike is fairly easy without a lot of steep parts. There is water a good portion of the way up. We saw a lot of salamanders along the way. We found an old car on a faint trail leading off of the main trail. We saw a lot of snakes along the trail including a rattlesnake. The falls were nice and we were able to get some nice pictures.

Eric and Karen

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm giving this hike a 5 only because of the beauty of the creek/falls. This trail is great for beginners since I'm pretty sure you could ride a hover round on this trail. I felt like I was walking up a driveway which I did not like but the beauty of the area made the hike worth it. Great for families because even if you don't make it to the falls you will love the beauty of this hike.

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