hiking the goshen prong trail

Goshen Prong Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking the Goshen Prong Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Goshen Prong Trail. The trail follows the rushing and tumbling waters of Goshen Prong from the Little River up into the high elevations of the park.

Getting to the Goshen Prong TrailĀ requires an easy 4 mile hike on the Little River Trail. There is plenty of good parking at the Little River Trailhead in Elkmont and the trek to the Goshen Prong Trailhead is a pleasant and easy walk through an old neighborhood of vacation cabins and along one of the prettiest rivers in the Park.

Goshen Gate Bridge
Goshen Gate Bridge

Once you reach the Goshen Prong Trailhead, a short walk brings you to the “Goshen Gate Bridge.” This bridge over the little River is not only an awesome piece of engineering, but it also makes for an easy crossing of the Little River. It’s a great spot to linger and listen to the music of the river. Continue reading