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Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail

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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

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rocky

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This is one of my favorite trails. This trail has numerous waterfalls and cascades just in the first mile. Take all the small side trails down to the creek for some great pics. Indian Flat Falls is a stunning 4 tier waterfall. Make your down to each tier, it’s worth the effort. And don’t miss the side trail to the 1929 Cadillac remains. My recording got turned off for a short distance that is why there is a small gap in my timeline.

Trail very quiet for a late June hike. Trip focused on waterfalls and Rosebay rhododendrons. Just about a week early at falls area. Bee balm and spiderwort in bloom. Beautiful hike!

hiking
9 days ago

Good hike today. Be aware of the traffic around the Tremont Institute. Also parking may be hard at the Middle Prong trailhead.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

This hike parallels a lovely babbling brook almost the entire way. From the parking area, take the foot bridge over the creek to get on the trail. The are not any tree markers however if you follow the wide trail (about the width of a single lane road) it will lead you to the falls. There are multiple signs that indicate various trails but this trail/falls is not listed. Just stay on the wide path. This is really an easy hike with the exception of the rocks that require constant vigilance. I was glad to have my hiking poles along for stability on the uneven path. It is a gradual incline to the top, making it not overly strenuous. When you near the top (at about the 4mile point. You can clearly hear rushing water to the right ) there is a small trail to the right. The wide path (and the downloaded map from this site) suggest you should go left. We did so and totally missed the falls. We backtracked, taking the small trail to the right, which took us to the falls. Today, a Monday morning in mid June, we ran into about 25 groups/families on the trail. If you want a peaceful escape into the woods, this probably isn’t the trail for you.

hiking
bugs
rocky
12 days ago

Did this trail on June 20th. We arrived at the trailhead around 4:45am and made it the 4 miles to the beautiful Indian Flats by sunrise at 6:15am. Very straight-forward hike with little incline. The one thing I would advise is to wear boots. There are rocks everywhere and in certain areas it's easy to lose your footing.

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blowdown
rocky
14 days ago

Great trail. Easy walking on the road bed. Plenty of waterfalls along the way. At exactly 1.9 miles in take the spur trail to the right and about 200 feet off the trail is a old 1932 Cadillac left there from the timber company’s. All and all a great day hike

hiking
19 days ago

Nice, steady climb for four miles. Some rocky patches. Offshoot trail at mile four leads to beautiful Indian Flat Falls. 3 levels of falls. Nice place for lunch. Left trailhead at 915. Saw a small number of hikers on way up. Last two miles down (around 1 pm) lots of casual walkers and swimmers, families. Outside of IFF, enjoyed the constant views of cascades and other falls along the route.

25 days ago

I hiked this trail today. starting hiking at 7am. I only saw a few, fly fishers, on the trail. I hiked to Indian flats falls. a beautiful little falls. the trail to the falls, wasn't hard, to find, even though it wasn't marked. GPS showed exactly 4 miles, From parking lot, to the trail to falls. there is a wide place in the trail, were, the trails to falls start. the last mile and a half, on the way out, was congested. lots of swimmers, and people with kids, kinda took away from, the trails charm.

We hiked in 1.3 miles with kids. Gentle incline, wide trail. Beautiful stream the whole route. Hiked a little farther than the first waterfall (.8 in).

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blowdown
flooded
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
6 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
6 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!

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 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
6 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
7 months ago

Beautiful, varied trail.

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