Lynn Camp Prong

Middle Lynn Camp Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  June, 2007.

Middle Lynn Camp Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. June, 2007.

There are many popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that almost everyone who visits the park have seen or at least heard about — Cades Cove, Laurel Falls, and Clingman’s Dome to name just a few.

Betsy and I have been to all of those places, but some of our favorite times in the Smokies have been when we visited lesser-known areas of the park.  One such area is along Lynn Camp Prong.

In southern parlance, a prong is a branch of a river.  Lynn Camp was a lumber camp before the park was formed.  Lynn Camp Prong is a small stream that runs through the location of that old lumber camp.

To reach Lynn Camp and the hiking trail you have to go past Tremont Institure (off the road to Cade’s Cove) to the very end of the road.  The trail heads up along Lynn Camp Prong as it tumbles over several cascades and small falls.  Although they are not very big, the falls are pretty.  The hike is not difficult, and the chances are that you will have the trail and the cascades all to yourself.  There are even a couple of benches along the trail at which you can enjoy the views.

If you would like to see more of our hike along Lynn Camp Prong click HERE.

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9 Responses to “Lynn Camp Prong”

  1. Susie Says:

    Sounds like a trail that we may want to explore next time we go. Nice picture.

  2. Happyone Says:

    Another great photo and sounds like a great place to hike.

  3. imac Says:

    Look beautiful George.

  4. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a neat place and a great photo.

  5. Neal Says:

    We’ve been there also. It is very beautiful. I was looking at some friends of ours blog (located here) and they she talks about all the bears they saw while in the Smokies. I believe we’ve only saw one bear in all the trips we made.

  6. Carletta Says:

    Love the different levels here.
    I love the side trips there too – and the seclusion you can find.

  7. Louise Cannon Says:

    Looks wonderful. If we were to go, my daughters would want to get in the “prong” and stay all day.

  8. Lola Says:

    Great hiking place. I’ve been to Cades Cove many times. I dearly love those mtns.
    I read your blog of Aug. 26, I believe, about Merryville, Tn. My brother-in-law was the preacher at the Baptist church that was located between the mtns & the main town. It sat upon a small hill with the cemetery out by the main highway. The parsonage was way back up behind the church.

  9. storyteller at Small Reflections Says:

    What a lovely spot! Methinks if I lived closer to the Smokey Mountains I’d be hiking these wonderful trails too ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

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