Guide to Fly Fishing the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River

Also know locally as Greenbrier Creek, the Little Pigeon River (Middle Prong) is a medium sized mountain stream in Great Smoky Mountain National Park  known best for wild rainbow trout that inhabit the lower reaches of the stream and native brook trout in the upper reaches near the confluence of Ramsey Creek.

Middle Prong Little Pigeon River

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About Greenbrier Creek

The Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River (aka Greenbrier Creek) lies in the Northwest section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Greenbrier Cove. The name "Greenbrier" is a tribute to the thorny vines of the <em>Smilax</em> genus that line its' banks.

The Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River flows to meet the better known West Prong at Sevierville and continues to flow northward, along State Route 66, until its confluence with the French Broad River near the Douglas Dam. Due to the rough terrain, the Greenbrier is a rough, tumbling and fast moving stream prone to many flash floods that sometimes wash away the insects as well as the redds, making it an unpredictable trout stream.

This feature as well as the obscure sign on Highway 321 (Tennessee Highway 73) pointing to the Greenbrier Road may account for the reduced angling pressure. The sign is located 6 miles from Gatlinburg where the Greenbrier flows under the highway.

All three species of trout exist in the Greenbrier with a small population of browns in the lower reaches giving way to mixed browns and rainbows at higher elevations; and with bookies (locally known as “specks”) being more prevalent in the headwater streams.

Little Pigeon River (Middle Prong) Map and Access

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GSMNP - Cades Cove Visitor Center & Msm: 35.598415, -83.776245
GSMNP - Sugarlands Visitor Center: 35.692177, -83.533600
GSMNP - Townsend Visitors Center: 35.678249, -83.745407
GSMNP - Oconaluftee Vistors Center: 35.515518, -83.305611
GSMNP - Gatlinburg Welcome Center (Spur): 35.734070, -83.521561
GSMNP - Gatlinburg Welcome Center (Downtown): 35.714394, -83.510422
GSMNP - Sevierville Visitor's Center: 35.867046, -83.558121
Deep Creek: 35.464340, -83.433952
Raven Fork: 35.608848, -83.222959
East Prong of Little River: 35.654854, -83.580727
Middle Prong of Little River: 35.652973, -83.697578
West Prong Little River (GSMNP): 35.640488, -83.715607
Abrams Creek, TN: 35.591297, -83.853622
Twentymile Creek, NC: 35.467975, -83.876345
Cataloochee Creek: 35.634487, -83.083076
Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River (Greenbrier Creek): 35.702614, -83.357348
Hazel Creek, NC: 35.474170, -83.727150
LITTLE RIVER ABOVE TOWNSEND, TN: 35.664444, -83.711389
Jakes Creek: 35.651787, -83.581131
Fish Camp Prong: 35.613610, -83.542120
Rough Creek: 35.616384, -83.531263
Thunderhead Prong: 35.617788, -83.670008
Laurel Creek: 35.627338, -83.726571
West Prong of Little River (Backcountry Camp 18): 35.628280, -83.705435
West Prong of Little Pigeon River: 35.637619, -83.489217
Roaring Fork: 35.694319, -83.466718
LeConte Creek: 35.675644, -83.485687
Dudley Creek: 35.729896, -83.452899
Porters Creek: 35.696863, -83.387947
Cosby Creek: 35.752085, -83.204999
Big Creek: 35.751667, -83.109877
Caldwell Fork: 35.631105, -83.085866
Palmer Creek: 35.629361, -83.116508
Little Cataloochee Creek: 35.676280, -83.087540
Rough Fork: 35.616105, -83.120842
Oconaluftee River: 35.552968, -83.309906
Bradley Fork: 35.563006, -83.310785
Straight Fork: 35.569813, -83.241863
Indian Creek: 35.472510, -83.428631
Pole Road Creek: 35.529397, -83.423095
Rocky Fork: 35.573618, -83.425348
Left Fork Deep Creek: 35.534007, -83.421185
Beetree Creek: 35.554644, -83.411808
Noland Creek: 35.458293, -83.526950
Laurel Branch: 35.458415, -83.536906
Mill Creek: 35.498011, -83.501780
Forney Creek: 35.467556, -83.566003
Bear Creek: 35.472309, -83.569651
Bee Gum Creek: 35.495303, -83.560145
Jonas Creek: 35.513243, -83.558058
Slab Camp Creek: 35.503706, -83.562527
White Mans Glory Creek: 35.510361, -83.559179
Bone Valley Creek: 35.499251, -83.679643
Sugar Fork: 35.498884, -83.693740
Proctor Creek, NC: 35.530602, -83.620226
Eagle Creek, NC: 35.487633, -83.774110
Lost Cove Creek, NC: 35.491739, -83.788390
Pinnacle Creek, NC: 35.489328, -83.766482
Ekaneetlee Creek, NC: 35.497993, -83.763757
Moore Springs Branch, NC: 35.484925, -83.868996

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How to Get to Greenbrier Creek

From I 40, take the exit for The Foothills Parkway, and continue to Cosby, then take a left. After going a couple of miles, turn right onto Highway 321 and proceed to within 6 miles of Gatlinburg where the Greenbrier crosses Highway 321. Then turn left onto Greenbrier Road.

From Gatlinburg, take Highway 321 East toward Cosby Tennessee for about six miles. Watch for a sign indicating Greenbrier Road to the right and turn right onto Greenbrier Road. Note: If you have crossed over Greenbrier River on Highway 321, you have gone too far.  

Greenbrier Road is paved for one mile and then proceeds another two and one half miles as a gravel road, providing access to the stream with several pull over parking areas. The Ramsay Cascades Trail will provide access for approximately another 2 miles to the confluence of Ramsay Prong.

Visit our DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains National Park for more information about trout fishing inside the the park.

About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish.