Goshen Prong Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,037' 926 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 5,764' 1,757 m
Low: 2,733' 833 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A long ascent to the Appalachian Trail with plenty of creeks and streams along the way.”— Max Willner
Branching off of Little River Trail, Goshen Prong Trail slowly gains in elevation as it makes its way south to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Shortly into the trail, runners will cross an iron bridge that goes over Little River. Along the way, there are ample opportunities to catch a beautiful view of the rolling forests of the Smokies. A good portion of this trail was once used as a railroad for logging companies.
There's a small spur trail that branches off towards Camp Rock (Campsite #23). From there, it's only 4.4 miles to the Appalachian Trail (AT).
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus). For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park