West Prong Trail

#42 of 161 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
West Prong Trail is a 2.7 mile trail located near Townsend, TN that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles 1375 feet
camping hiking horseback riding river
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Rob Keeton
30 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is an excellent trail for a casual day hike or and easy overnight camping experience at backcountry site 18. The elevation gain is gradual and due to the nice tree cover and generally smooth trail, it's an enjoyable hike. I hiked this in mid April and saw quite a few wildflowers, but the rhododendrons had not bloomed yet. There are a couple of small streams and springs along the way to use for topping off water. The scenery at campsite 18 is very beautiful and relaxing.

Jerry T
2 months ago

151 Completed142 Reviews


Jim Longest
4 months ago

19 Completed19 Reviews

Awesome hike. Great views and water crossings. Campsite is beautiful and next to a wide streams that our daughters got to play in. We did this trail in the middle of June a few years back. It was in the nineties and part of a longer route we were taking. One thing you need to be aware of is the Hornet-Like bugs that come out of the ground. They are attracted to the LED lights and will come at you. I don't think they sting, they just fly right into you. So more of a irritant then anything else. We stayed overnight. Great day hike or overnighter.

Randy Belasic
8 months ago

9 Completed10 Reviews

This is a moderately short hike, pretty much an incline going in most of the way. The trail gets thin in some areas and you have to take turns letting hikers by. We stayed at campsite 18 and it was nice, right by the river. We had a juvenile bear visit us that evening But it wandered away. Good day hike or overnight.

Randy F.
9 months ago

The first 1.4 miles is an aggressive uphill. Once you make not through that, it levels off and begins descending to campsite #18. The trail is challenging to find once you get to the campsite, if you are continuing on. Luckily, we downloaded the map before we left and after three try's, we found the right direction! From the campsite to the end of west prong is 0.6 miles. Unless you are hiking to complete the trail, there is really nothing past the campsite area. We hiked to the top and then went back to Campsite #18 and had lunch. It is a beautiful area around the campsite with the river and all the cascades around it. We loved the trail, but it would definitely be considered moderate. Well worth the challenge to make it to the campsite area as it was beautiful around there.

Luann Buck
10 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome trail, took my two teenage boys and it was a piece of cake!

Luann Buck
10 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome trail for my kids! We camped at campsite 18. This is a great hike!

Victor Nasser
3 years ago

14 Completed2 Reviews

A moderate hike but kids did well. The river views are great. Abundant rest and snaking areas along trail and close to Tremont Institute.