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05-24-2008, 11:29 AM
I'm new to fishing in the mountains,and was wondering if someone could tell me where the different prongs of the river are located?I was wondering so I would know where people are talking about when they report on here.I know where greenbriar,abrams,tremont are located but not the rest.

Gerry Romer
05-24-2008, 01:06 PM
When going into the Park from Townsend, you will come to a fork in the road (known and referred to as the "Y") about a half mile after the Park entrance sign. The fork to the left is known as Little River Road and it follows the path of the East Prong of the Little River. If you take the fork to the right and stay on it, you will end up in Cades Cove. This road follows the path of the West Prong of the Little River up to the point where the river crosses under the road after the first tunnel. The West Prong meanders back up into the mountains at this point (to BC campsite 18 and beyond). The stream you will see along the road to Cades Cove is Laurel Branch. Back down the road, after taking a right at the "Y" and going about 500 yards, you will see another road on your left. This is the road to the Tremont Institute and it follows the path of the Middle Prong of the Little River and is sometimes referred to on this board as just Tremont. This road and prong go up into the mountains quite a ways and the road ends at the Lynn Camp Prong trailhead.

Back down the mountain, if you take that initial first left hand turn at the "Y" and follow the East Prong of the Little River for about 18 miles, you will come to the Elkmont area known for its camping, fishing and extensive trail access points. The turn-off for Elkmont is on your right and the road follows the East Prong right up to the camping area.

If you do not turn off into Elkmont, Little River road will take you all the way to the Sugarlands Visitor Center just outside of Gatlinburg. If you then turn left at the dead end, you will head into G'burg. But if you turn right at the dead end, you will be headed up through the Park on US 441 toward Cherokee, NC. US 441 follows the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River up to the Chimneys trailhead where the river splits into the Road Prong and Walker Camp Prong, The road follows Walker Camp Prong to the top.

Hope this is helpful. Better yet, when you arrive, stop in at LRO, introduce yourself and ask for a map. They've got one under glass at the counter all marked out with tons of useful info.


05-25-2008, 09:50 AM
Thanks for the info,that helps me alot.After you explained I know where most of that is just didn't know the names of them.

Gerry Romer
05-25-2008, 10:17 PM
Glad to help!!