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Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail [CLOSED]

moderate(375)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail is a 7.9 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: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,253 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
blowdown
flooded
rocky
8 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Attempted to access this trailhead on 3/7/2020 via the Tremont route, however, the road was closed at the Tremont center. I could not find any information online that this road was closed prior to attempting. I would recommend calling the park service before trying to access this trailhead. I was told by another hiker that the road was washed out due to recent flooding.

running
muddy
1 month ago

AWESOME trail for trail running as well as hiking! Trail is wide and follows cascades and streams for its duration. Check this trail out after a big rain or snow melt to see it in full glory. My husband and I usually hike up and run back down. Trail gets muddy and has some technical spots but nothing I would consider hazardous. It is worth noting that the road to the trail is a bumpy gravel road that is currently washed out, and when it is fixed, it isn’t too kind on small cars.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. Trail was a little soggy due to recent rains but you can keep your feet dry if you’re patient enough to avoid the water. Middle prong trail is a stream lovers paradise. The cascades and waterfalls along this trail are worth the hike alone. Trail is a gradual incline, nothing too steep. The trail is riddled with small rocks in many areas so watch your footing less you roll an ankle. Indian flat is somewhat challenging to get to but manageable and absolutely worth the challenge. One of the best water features in the park. Highly recommend. Start early and you’ll have the place to yourself.

muddy
rocky
2 months ago

We had a great hike. Started out early in the morning watching the sun rise over the mountain. This hike is always a beautiful one as you walk next to the cascades. If you have never been you might miss the turn off for the falls as it's not labeled. Which makes it a nice hidden gem.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the Smokies — as others have said, this is a hidden gem! Middle Prong Trail runs alongside the Lynn Camp’s cascades, which makes for amazing scenery for most of the hike. The trail is also wide and climbs slowly, which makes Middle Prong enjoyable for hikers of all skill levels. There are a lot of rocks — something to watch for if you’re prone to rolling your ankle. It’s easy to walk past the turn on the right for the falls (it’s not marked with a sign), but there was a small cairn marking the trail today. If you start walking up the switch backs and/or reach the sign for Lynn Camp Trail/campsite 28, you’ve gone too far. Getting down to the falls isn’t too difficult — I would hardly call it a scramble, but the rocks are slick, so beware!

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and sounds as you travel along the river for most of the hike. Not too difficult until the last half mile where the trail leads away from the water and ascends faster than the rest of the trail. 4hrs in total with a couple 10-15minute breaks along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail! Not too difficult other than a lot of rocks to maneuver. Beautiful scenery. Can’t wait to do it again come Spring!

Fairly easy hike up to the falls, Beautiful scenery along the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, varied trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a awesome trail. We did it the first week of November. The fall colors were outstanding! We found a old car & chimney. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous and can be found in the switchback (you will come to a switchback with a big opening, look to the right as you turn the curve , you will see the small trail). We took a lunch and sat on the rocks floor about 45 mins and just relaxed and enjoyed the views and sounds! The trail isn’t bad just really rocky. Gradual climb most of the way but nothing too strenuous. You follow the river and the views are amazing with lots of sitting areas on the rocks if needed. Just a FYI, I have Verizon cell service and had no phone coverage the whole time. My Apple Watch clocked just a little over 10 miles. This is my 2nd fav to Alum Cave/Mt Leconte!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

After a strenuous hike the previous day we chose Middle Prong for a longish but relatively easy day hike and were not disappointed. Beautiful early fall day hike along a noisy creek was excellent, but the Indian Flats falls were way better than advertised! We had little trouble finding the small footpath to the falls thanks to markers, but other groups had more trouble. The scramble at the end was fairly easy so you could see the falls in total. Definitely a great hike for all ages and well rewarded at the end of the trail!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Not very difficult, but loose rocks throughout the trail so watch your ankles! beautiful scenery along the trail with several falls. saw the Cadillac on the way back which was cool. had the falls at the end to ourselves and we were there about an hour. only saw a few people the entire hike. we went on a hot day and enjoyed swimming in the stream at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail !!! Beautiful waterfall at the end and beautiful views on the way to the falls. Great for families.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Wide road bed up to the falls which is not marked but on the right at coordinates listed in other posts. Many photo ops along the way. No bear but some scat along the way up. saw a black snake on the way down. The falls themselves are tucked away down a narrow path that can easily be overlooked but you can hear them from main path. Beautiful and worth the rock scramble down. Had the falls to ourselves. Trail is constant ascent but not difficult.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

This is the best hike in the Smokies. And we have been to all the falls near Gatlinburg (Rainbow, Grotto, Laurel and a few others). It is a hidden gem! lots of falls along the way besides the one at the end...which is incredible by itself. We started in the dark at 0600 and didnt see the stream until 0700. But that was good because we would still be making our way up because of all the picture stops we would have made. Every angle is a different view and worthy of picture taking. You wond be disappointed. Very moderate hike. grad incline up and back down.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike to Indian flats balls

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail to hike along the stream. It is a long, slow up hill hike, but it’s not too challenging. Nice and relaxing hike. We saw a bear, and were able to find the old Cadillac!

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 months 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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