Middle Prong, Lynn Camp, Miry Ridge-Panther Creek Loop

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Middle Prong, Lynn Camp, Miry Ridge-Panther Creek Loop is a 23.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 23.0 km Elevation Gain: 861 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



no dogs

8 months ago

This is one great hike. Wouldn't try it if the water is high because of the Lynn Camp Prong crossing, but otherwise it's wonderful. No views really, most of the hike is through dense forest. Each trail has its own distinctive character. When we hiked it yesterday Miry Ridge was a paradise of late summer & fall wildflowers. Panther Creek is the toughest pull - 2.3 miles of incline - but also absolutely beautiful. You cross Panther Creek 9 times till you finally arrive at its headwaters shortly before Jake's Gap. (We did the loop clockwise). GPS does not work well in this area. By trail signage, it's 14.7 miles.

washed out
Sun Mar 03 2019

This trail is well worth it. I clocked 16 miles, 2,890 ft elevation gain, just over 6 1/2 hours including stops. The many waterfalls along the way we’re absolutely stunning. The views of the surrounding mountains at the top is a great place to have lunch. There is 1 deep water crossing at the panther creek / middle prong junction so prepare for that. It can be a bit sketchy if the water is high. I would recommend the entire loop for experienced hikers only. The first 4-5 miles would be ideal for beginners with access to several falls.

Thu Feb 07 2019

beautiful trail , good for kids and toddlers. a little bit rocky in some parts and clean. in

Mon Oct 15 2018

This is a great hike. Trails are good, lots of creeks to cross, but easy, not many mountain views, maybe in winter. River crossing at Middle Prong/Panther Creek. 2800 feet of elevation, but spread out so not bad.

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