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Hike-Middle Prong to Indian Flats Falls-Wed., June 13, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 201
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
MIDDLE PRONG TO INDIAN FLATS FALLS
Distance:   5 to 8.2 miles (depending on when you turn around)
Elevation Gain:    1000 feet (gradual)
Rating:   Easy
Driving Time:  1.25 hours
Leader:   Larry Peck  (408-1677)   jhp7oaks@aol.com

This is an in and out hike.  The trail is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Smoky Mountain 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.  This hike follows a wide old logging railroad bed up a gentle slope with 1000 feet of gain.  The hike is 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 2000 and 3000 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 sticks are recommended. Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring water and a trail lunch. Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.