Middle Prong Trail (Indian Flat Falls)Easy

Tremont Institute / Tremont

Easy
Middle Prong Trail (Indian Flat Falls)

Distance (One Way)

4.1 miles

Elevation Gain

1,247 feet

Trailhead

Tremont Institute

Location

Tremont

Trail Description Written by Caroline Sullivan

Middle Prong Trail is a 4.1 mile waterfall hike that is often turned into a day loop. Along the way you'll find Indian Flat Falls and Lynn Camp Falls as well as many other smaller cascades.

To reach the trailhead, drive toward Cades Cove from the Townsend Wye and take a quick left onto Tremont Road. You'll continue on this road past Tremont onto a gravel portion for about 3.1 more miles. Just be sure to check Smokies Road Info on Twitter and the NPS Seasonal Road Closures page during the winter to make sure the road is open.

Middle Prong Trail follows an old railroad bed put in place by the Little River Lumber Company. The last logging operations in the national park were conducted here in 1939 - five years after the park was established. You will notice remnants of the railroad bed here and there, including large 6-pointed holes left from railroad spikes in large rocks. This area was also home to CCC Camp NP-3, also known as Camp W.P. Davis.

About 2 miles into the trail you'll spot a short spur trail on your right. Follow it for about 50 yards to find what's left of an old Cadillac with a couple fallen tree trunks on top of it. This is a remnant from the CCC camp; when the supervisor's car stopped running, camp members pushed it off the road and left it there.

Indian Flats Falls can be found about 3.5 miles into the trail. You'll cross a flatbed bridge over Indian Flats Prong where you'll have a great photo opportunity of the cascades.

There are a couple of ways to turn this into a nice loop hike. The longer of the two options uses the Appalachian Trail as a connector between Greenbrier Ridge and Miry Ridge Trail for a total of 20.3 miles - a doable day hike for those experienced enough and willing to wake up quite early. The shorter loop is the more obvious one: Middle Prong to Lynn Camp Prong to Miry Ridge and Panther Creek, then back down Middle Prong again for a total of 14.9 miles.

Long loop:
Middle Prong Trail: 4.1 miles
Greenbrier Ridge Trail: 4.2 miles
Appalachian Trail: 2.4 miles
Miry Ridge Trail: 2.5 miles
Lynn Camp Prong Trail: 3.7 miles
Middle Prong: 2.3 miles

Short loop:
Middle Prong Trail: 4.1 miles
Lynn Camp Prong Trail: 3.7 miles
Miry Ridge Trail: 2.5 miles
Panther Creek Trail: 2.3 miles
Middle Prong: 2.3 miles

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Middle Prong Trail (Indian Flat Falls) Elevation Profile

Middle Prong Trail (Indian Flat Falls) Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

6%

Gentle Slope

Paul Petzoldt Scale

6.6

Moderate

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

101

Moderately Strenuous

50

100

150

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