West Prong Trail

MODERATE 33 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
9 days ago

16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

The hike isn't bad at all and Campsite 18 is gorgeous

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike.

A previous review states this trail is not for beginners, but I beg to differ. If you're out of shape you can absolutely enjoy this hike provided you stop as needed to catch your breath, hydrate and cool off on the 1.5 mile ascent. Doing so will have you arriving at CS18 in about an hour and a half.

I also would recommend that if you aren't in good shape and want to do this trail, plan to camp at CS18 - but I'd recommend camping here no matter what kind of shape you're in because it's an absolutely magical, moss covered, rushing river, butterfly swarmed wonderland.

Encountered one sneaky Copperhead on the low side of the trail near 1900 ft, as well as a few Turkeys in the lower elevation, but no other wildlife was visible.

hiking
2 months ago

Great solo hike today! Not many people on the trail, which was nice. I'll plan a backpack overnight at Campsite 18 next time. Nice to have bear cables to hang your food, good hammock & tent sites with plenty of good flowing water.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
11 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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monday, September 05, 2016

road biking
Friday, August 26, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016