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Distance

8.3 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Difficult

Δ Elevation (FT)

~1130 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Great Smoky Mountain National Park Topo Map

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Middle Prong Trail

TennesseeNorth Carolina | Great Smoky Mountains

  • Lynn Camp Prong Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Hiking along the Middle Prong Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Lynn Camp Prong Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Lynn Camp Prong Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Middle Prong Trail is a difficult day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that features incredible history, scenery and stunning waterfalls. If you only have time for one waterfall hike in the smokies, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than the Middle Prong Trail. Shortly after departing the trailhead hikers are greeted with Lower Lynn Camp Falls, which is a roughly 35-foot multi-tiered waterfall. Another third of a mile up the trail hikers come to photogenic Lynn Camp Falls. Continuing up the wildflower laden trail hikers will pass by evidence of civilization in the area from the early 20th century. At about 4 miles up the trail hiker come to an unmarked spur trail on the right. A short jaunt up the trail leads to Indian Flat Falls. Once you've taken all Indian Flat Falls splendid beauty return the same way you came keeping an eye peeled for wildlife. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

History

Middle Prong was settled by William Marion Walker (1838–1919) and his first wife Nancy Caylor around 1859. The area would ultimately become known as Walker Valley. Walker was both a legend and controversial figure in his own time. He was an incredible sharpshooter, but was also deeply religious and believed the bible permitted polygamy. A practice he adopted with taking multiple wives. Initially Walker was steadfast in his disapproval of large scale logging in the smokies and refused to sell his land to timber companies. However, this changed in 1918 when he suffered a debilitating stroke and he was forced to sell his land to the Little River Lumber Company. This gave rise to the logging town of Tremont, which is located near the trailhead of the Middle Prong Trail. At its height the lumber town had a post office, a hotel, a general store, and a community center that served as a church, school, and movie theater.

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Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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