West Prong Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

West Prong Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately 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 best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1427 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not a good trail for beginners, kicked my butt. All uphill for the 1st mile. Campsite 18 was pretty cool. Couple streams to cross. Nice hike though.

2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail. Nice views. How can you ever complain when your outdoors.

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

Me and my friend backpacked into camp site 18. Had a wonderful trip. A lot of rhododendron on the way. Not much else, but still a nice hike. Camping next to the creek was very relaxing.

9 months ago

Great quick hike. Beautiful and quiet. We only passed 5 hikers during the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

road biking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

walking
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

*No restroom facilities at this trail head*
This is wonderful, almost 3 mile, hike that gives you gratifying rushing waters at campsite 18. I'm not a camper, but if I was....THIS would be the place to be! The site area and river is gorgeous, and to have it right outside yous, and tour tent, what a luxury!
The trail up to this point was challenging enough, but not too hard. Steady uphill climb...once you hear the rushing creek/river waters below you, you'll know you are close. Lots of rocks and tree roots, so be careful with your ankles. The final 0.6 miles of West Prong leads up to a crossroads, where you can choose to continue onto Bote Mountain Trail. This last portion of WPT is a bit of a pain to locate....not clearly marked. So here is my best locale description. Once coming off the footbridge at CS 18, look to your right...about 1:30 or 2:00 to your right....that is where the trail starts back up to lead you to BMT. As of this date, there is a "caution...bears in this area" sign, posted to a tree...the continuation of WPT is to the right of the tree, when looking at the sign.
I hope this helps others. I spent many minutes wandering around the campsite, looking for it. :-)
These trails are horse friendly....so you may have to dodge some road apples.
I made the hike all the way to Laurel Creek Rd, on BMT....making it an almost 9 mile round trip hike, taking me 4 1/2 hours (and that is including spending time hanging out at the river, taking photographs).

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Great hike!

hiking
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This is an excellent trail for a casual day hike or and easy overnight camping experience at backcountry site 18. The elevation gain is gradual and due to the nice tree cover and generally smooth trail, it's an enjoyable hike. I hiked this in mid April and saw quite a few wildflowers, but the rhododendrons had not bloomed yet. There are a couple of small streams and springs along the way to use for topping off water. The scenery at campsite 18 is very beautiful and relaxing.

hiking
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Relaxing

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Awesome hike. Great views and water crossings. Campsite is beautiful and next to a wide streams that our daughters got to play in. We did this trail in the middle of June a few years back. It was in the nineties and part of a longer route we were taking. One thing you need to be aware of is the Hornet-Like bugs that come out of the ground. They are attracted to the LED lights and will come at you. I don't think they sting, they just fly right into you. So more of a irritant then anything else. We stayed overnight. Great day hike or overnighter.

Sunday, January 10, 2016