This area was heavily logged but has recovered nicely. It is estimated the Little River Lumber removed more than one billion board feet of lumber from this area.
The trail is a wide roadbed with rock faces on the right and the Lynn Camp Prong to the left. We are hiking 2.3 miles to where Middle Prong intersects with the Panther Creek Trail.
As the trail rises higher over the river, bigger rock faces appear, broken into great chunks with deep cracks.
Lynn Camp Prong Waterfall
This trail in spring, is rich with wildflowers but we are too late in the season for that, but found one flower to photograph.
I had read in my hiking book about an old abandoned car that sits about 50 yards off-trail. Not really expecting to find it we kept our eyes open for a narrow trail that would lead to it. Sure enough we found a little path and followed it up over a rise and there it was.
According to the information in my hiking book, this was an old Cadillac that belonged to a supervisor of a CCC camp. One day it quit running, and camp members pushed it off the road and left it.
Of course, my husband had to take it for a spin, but we really don't have much use for convertibles here in Ohio.
At 2.3 miles we reach the intersection for the Panther Creek Trail. At this point the railroad bed ends, and the trail becomes narrower and steeper.
Middle Prong Trail continues on to the Greenbrier Ridge Trail which eventually ends on the Appalachian Trail. From there you can walk to Maine if you like.
Panther Creek crosses the Lynn Camp Prong and meets Jakes Creek Trail and continues to Elkmont.
Even in summer these mountain streams are extremely cold and very slippery due to algae. We watched these two girls make the crossing before heading back to the trailhead.
I highly recommend this trail to anyone who looking for an easy to moderate hike, and loves waterfalls and cascades.