West Prong Trail

#39 of 184 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
West Prong Trail is a 2.7 mile trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles 1375 feet
camping hiking horses river
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Randy Belasic

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.

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

1 Completed2 Reviews

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

Luann Buck

1 Completed2 Reviews

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

Victor Nasser

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.