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Hike - Middle Prong/Indian Flats Falls - Fri., Dec.2, 2011

 

Tellico Village Hiking Club

Friday, December 2, 2011

Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

 

Middle Prong/Indian Flats Falls

Distance: 5 to 8.2 miles (depending on when you turn around)

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet (Gradual)

Rating: Easy

Driving Time: 1 hour

Activities:  Hiking, Wild Flowers, Photography

Leader:  Larry Peck (408-1677) lap44@aol.com

 

This is an in and out hike.  The trail is in one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Townsend and Tremont. The trail follows the rushing Middle Prong of the Little River, and features overlooks of waterfalls, cascades and rapids cut through a narrow gorge.  The hike follows a wide old logging railroad bed up gentle slope with 1,000 feet of gain.  The hike is from 5 to 8.2 miles depending on if you continue on to Indian Flats Falls.  The Indian Flats Falls are a strand of four falls on Indian Flats Prong.  Since the hike is between 2,000 and 3,000 feet elevation, the temperature and humidity will be lower than in Tellico Village.  We plan to eat lunch along the trail on a bridge over the river.

 

Hiking boots and hiking/trekking stick(s) are recommended.  Bring ample water and a trail lunch.

Driving Directions: To be provided the morning of the hikes.

Car-pooling is recommended and will be set up the morning of the hike. Passengers are asked to contribute $5 to the driver to help cover gas etc.