West Prong Trail

MODERATE 30 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
5 days ago

15 days ago

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

hiking
30 days 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
1 month 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.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 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.

4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
10 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

road biking
11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

walking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

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!