Lynn Camp Prong and Appalachian Trail

Townsend, Tennessee

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This hike provides a good opportunity to get deep into the Smokies without making an overly strenuous effort. You get to experience a few miles of the Smokies crest (without views, though), and after the first 4.0 miles, you have the hike pretty much to yourself. A couple of camping options allow you to do the hike as an overnighter or a lazy two-nighter. If you’re up to it, the hike is doable as a long day hike. The first 7.8 miles of this hike are also covered in Hikes 12 and 15. Refer to them for more details. The hike begins on Middle Prong Trail as a continuation of the gravel road behind the gate. Cross the creek on a footbridge and stay to the left after crossing to remain on the main road.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

This hike provides a good opportunity to get deep into the Smokies without making an overly strenuous effort. You get to experience a few miles of the Smokies crest (without views, though), and after the first 4.0 miles, you have the hike pretty much to yourself. A couple of camping options allow you to do the hike as an overnighter or a lazy two-nighter. If you’re up to it, the hike is doable as a long day hike.

The first 7.8 miles of this hike are also covered in Hikes 12 and 15. Refer to them for more details. The hike begins on Middle Prong Trail as a continuation of the gravel road behind the gate. Cross the creek on a footbridge and stay to the left after crossing to remain on the main road.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Townsend
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours-Overnight
Season: Best seasons: Spring for the wildflowers, Oct for autumn foliage
Features: Wildflowers
Local Maps: Thunderhead Mountain and Silers Bald USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Lynn Camp Prong and Appalachian Trail

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