Explore the most popular fishing trails near Townsend with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is an excellent trail with some spectacular river/waterfall views. Though this trail is rated as moderate, I found it to be an easy hike due to its gradual climb. The best views are only about 4 - 5 tenths of a mile from the trailhead. A must see if hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

three stars only bc there is alot of driveway and store crossings. its great for biking and walking. super easy on the river side. the other side has a few hills that take your breath away but my kids 12 and 7 did great on them. Also had the kid trailer on our bikes and had no issues. would recommend bring your lock and wallet and check out the stores and eat at the apple valley restaurant very good, but worth the price. all in all great 10 mile ride..

Good local walking trail -especially in the off-season when traffic isn't so heavy.

2 months ago

Great trail! Family friendly- perfect picnic rocks and great picture opportunities!

My review is from the prespective of an amateaur landscape photographer.

I completed this "hike" as a scenic drive. Since I live in Maryville, TN I've probably done this trip well over 30 times. It's a nice drive and fairly scenic, but it's just not the same caliber experience as other nearby scenic drives. If you want a "backdoor" to the GSMNP and want to avoid the craziness that is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, then take this route.

If you are looking for a scenic drive and photographic opportunities, your time would be better spent on the nearby Foothills Parkway, Newfound Gap (441), Little River Road, Cades Cove Loop Rd, or the superb Blue Ridge Parkway.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail with river and waterfall at Indian Flats, not difficult at all due to gradual incline.

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

Great moderate hike. Trail splits at beginning of trailhead. Stay left or you will go 1.9 miles out of your way. Runs along river most of the way. Multiple small waterfalls. Slight uphill trail all the way up.

Hiked this trail with my wife on Saturday the 11/11/17. We loved it. The Middle Prong is a beautiful stream. Indian Flats Falls is great. The blue piece of tape noted as hanging on a tree was not found. The small stack of rocks was at the entrance to the side trail to the falls, but it's very small. We continued our hike up to Campsite 28 for lunch. When we came back by the side trail for Indian Flats Falls, someone had knocked over the stack of rocks.
It would be nice if the Park Service would put up a directional sign for the Falls!
Found the abandoned car on the way back down after receiving some advice.

If this is your first time hiking this trail stop in at the Tremont Welcome center and ask for some details. The falls are not marked well, just a blue plastic strip hanging from the tree. It is a different type of trail that’s wide and fairly flat with a 4 mile incline. We bought the pamphlet and loved reading about the history. Also Loved the stream beside us with some awesome swift water over huge rocks. It was very exciting to find the old car. This is one of our favorite hikes.

7 months ago

Great hike with a slow incline. The trail follows a small river that’s beautiful. Be sure to check out the waterfall at the 4.25 mile.

7 months ago

Went with my 60 year old mother, and we both loved hiking alongside the river

This was a great hike! I did it with my 6th grade girl for a special mother daughter day trip. Loved walking beside
Water most of the way, and so many butterflies! We were able to find the old abandoned car which was really cool.
When you see a rock tower on your right there is a little trail that takes you to it right off the main trail..definitely worth looking for. We were the only ones on the trail the whole time, and had the falls out to our selves.

Been a favorite for years. Hiked with grandkids over Labor Day.Started very early in the morning and had the falls to ourselves for almost an hour. Observed numerous salamanders hiding in the rocks near the water's edge

Loved this trail. It has been favorite in the GSMNP so far.

Hiked the trail a couple of days ago. There were very few other hikers so it was great basically having the trail to ourselves. Sadly, the falls eluded us as there are no markers and dummy me didn't think to open the app for further guidance while we were hiking (yes, my first time using this app). I later figured out that because I had downloaded the trail map I could have looked at the map on my phone (even tho no service) to see how close we were... nonetheless, we had a great hike - the river and foliage were fantastic and we even saw a bear cross the trail 30-40 yards in front of us! Can't wait to come back!

9 months ago

This trail is definitely a moderate hike. The trail is very rocky and mostly at an incline going in, but the trail has some wonderful views of the river and many smaller falls along the way. We only hiked about 2.5 miles in then turned back. There are plenty of places along the trail to stop and rest or have lunch. The trail is wide and was not heavily trafficked. Would definitely do it again and try to make it all the way to the falls.

Beautiful hike! Trail down to the waterfall is steep and rocky but well worth the refreshingly cold water waiting for you. Had a 4 and 9 year old that completed the hike. It took about 4.5 hours round trip.

South side features rolling hills and an interesting line. The north side had a lot of uneven driveway sections that made for a bumpy ride!

10 months ago

My husband and I have done this hike a few times. Trail is wide and easy to follow. Always enjoy the rocks and waterfall tucked away at the top. One of our favorites.

By far the most beautiful hike I have ever seen! The entire journey up features the creek and waterfalls. The trail is wide and full of gravel to welcome all level hikers. Don't let the 8 mile trek scare you off, it is well worth it! Even if you are unable to make it up all the way don't worry, every step has a surprise waiting for you. When you're on your way up to the falls you will encounter a wide "footbridge" #2, shortly followed by a 4ft rock wall. When you see the wall, you will see a narrow trail. Use your ears and you will find the falls! Enjoy!

11 months ago

Loved everything about this trail! Even if you only drove to the trailhead and out again, it would be worth it (which we are recommending to some elder friends with trouble walking). We did 2.5 miles of the trail. Frequent "offshoots" where you can get off trail to the water and get a better look. Gradual, slow incline, and wide, level (for the most part) path. Full shade all the time. Few other hikers which was awesome. Bring bug spray!!!

This is a Loop Greenway that goes up one side of Lamar Alexander Parkway and back down the other with underpasses in 3 spots and many side road crossings not very crowed with views of the Smoky MT. in the distance coming back down the other side has some river access.

11 months ago

I enjoyed this hike a lot. Gorgeous views and waterfalls along the way but Indian Trail Falls at the top is what makes it worth it. the trail is near the top when you come to a small clearing. You will see the trail to the left. It is unkept and not marked. Make your way down into one of the best views around.

Fun trail with a lot of little waterfalls and streams right next to the trail. Good for little kids (ours are 2, 4, and 6.) We didnt see too many additional hikers on this trail, which we enjoyed! Had a picnic on a big rock along the trail. Trail bed is a mix of gravel and rocks, pretty easy for our group. We probably only did about 2.5 miles of the trail as everyone was moving slow after traveling.

we found this when someone walking back from the trail told us about it . its a waterfall you do not want to miss loved it

I did this hike with my 4 and 6 year old kids. Nice hike with beautiful scenery. Multiple waterfalls along the way to look at. The trail to the Falls is easy to miss. I missed it and ended up about 2 miles from the Appalachian Trail. We backtracked and finally found the trail. Wow! It was secluded and beautiful! We ate a quick lunch and the kids played in the water, which wasn't too deep. We were thoroughly tired by the time we got back to the car...probably due to the extra 4 miles we hiked. All in all, wonderful hike and I would recommend...probably with older children.

A great hike through the woods along a stream. Many waterfalls to see. Had lunch at the last waterfall. Wide trail with steady but fairly easy going incline. Only saw a few other hikers. Very nice.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waterfalls everywhere!! Water running hard from recent rains. Great trail. Lots to see-flowers, butterflies, beautiful mushrooms, and too many waterfalls to count!! Indian Flats Falls was really nice with strong flow. Great spot for lunch!! Took us 4 hours and 15 minutes round trip not counting stop at Falls. Don't miss this one!!

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