Indian Flats Falls via Middle Prong Trail

based on 81 tracks & routes #12 hike out of 614 in
8.2 mi
4 hrs 42 min
1,274 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate out and back trail to Indian Flats Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This trail goes by Lynn Camp Falls.

This is generally a wide trail to Indian Flats Falls and steadily climbs as you go.

There are several interesting side stops to make along the way to the Indian Flats Falls. As you walk along Middle Prong Trail there are several waterfalls to view and depending on the season and water level they can be raging to gentle. Bring your camera you will want photos.

About 1.75 miles from the trailhead, you will find a car body located on the right side of the trail just over an earthen berm. You can miss the car as it is not visible from the trail, but you will see two foot paths close together that have been worn by people going to and from the car. At 3 miles on the left you see a chimney stack that is broken in half.

This trail, even though sometimes busy with people, has its share of bear and wild hog sightings. There are plenty of areas to relax by the creek and have a meal.

Indian Flats Falls is located to the right of the trail at about 3.8 miles and is accessed via a footpath that veers from Middle Prong Trail. The foot path is not marked but is visible in a switch back the has the main trail turning to the left. The falls are about 380 feet from the main trail. If you arrive at the trail junction for Lynn Camp Prong Trail and Greenbrier Trail you have gone too far.

Remember to check the weather for this area and prepare accordingly, dress correctly and carry water and food.

Please remember to practice “Leave No Trace” – Take out what you take in.

Getting Started

The trailhead is close to Townsend, TN and is located just beyond a parking lot at the end of Upper Tremont Road. This is a popular trail and parking can be an issue on weekends and during the peak seasons for the Smoky Mountains. There are no facilities at this parking area.

Taking Children

This can be a fun hike for families. As with all the trails in the Smoky Mountains there are always sections that parents should be aware of the dangers. For example the trail is wide and flat near Lynn Camp Prong Falls (about 0.7 miles from the parking area) but the side near the falls is high and steep.

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    7 months, 1 week ago
    Did not go the full hike. I turned off towards Indian Flats Falls. The trail to the falls gets a bit treacherous as you approach the falls. Lots of narrow rock ledges as you approach. View of the falls was nice. Surrounding area is slippery, so keep the kids close
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    3 years, 4 months ago
    Not sure why you would rate this a difficult hike. This is moderate at best even if you include Cucumber Gap as a loop.
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    4 years, 6 months ago
    The 1st mile or so walking along the water is very easy and very pretty. Continuing on to Indian Flats Falls is not difficult because it’s on an old rail bed. However the unmaintained side trail to the falls is hard to recognize and easily missed. If you get to the next signed trail junction you’ve gone too far.
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    2 years, 7 months ago

    3 years, 1 month ago
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