Goshen Prong

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Beginning on the Smokies’ highest mountain, traversing the crest line along the Appalachian Trail, following a sizable stream from its source, and ending with a historical walk along one of the park’s major rivers, this hike encompasses just about everything the park is famous for and passes through a rich diversity of plants. You have a decision to make at the beginning of this hike. You can take the paved path to Clingmans Dome Tower on the mountain’s summit and pick up the Appalachian Trail (AT) from there, or you can bypass the tower (and the crowds) by taking Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail. If you’ve never seen the view from the observation tower, by all means, go for that route—you need to see it at least once.

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"Beginning on the Smokies’ highest mountain, traversing the crest line along the Appalachian Trail, following a sizable stream from its source, and ending with a historical walk along one of the park’s major rivers, this hike encompasses just about everything the park is famous for and passes through a rich diversity of plants. You have a decision to make at the beginning of this hike.

You can take the paved path to Clingmans Dome Tower on the mountain’s summit and pick up the Appalachian Trail (AT) from there, or you can bypass the tower (and the crowds) by taking
Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail. If you’ve never seen the view from the observation tower, by all means, go for that route—you need to see it at least once."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 13.9
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best seasons: Spring for the wildflowers, Oct for autumn foliage
Features: Wildflowers
Local Maps: Clingmans Dome, Silers Bald, and Gatlinburg USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee (upper portion only); Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Goshen Prong

Recent Trail Reviews

9/2/2009
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Well we start goshen prong at the top, the AT. so going along goshen prong was a nice downhill pace after the first day of going up from miry ridge. My cousin and I stayed at Campsite 23 for our 2nd night. It is very nice to hear the creeks and rivers flowing as you walk the trail. Campsite 23 has many sites there to choose from. Maybe in the busy season there would have been someone else but us. I will post a couple pics of that area.



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