Kephart Prong Shelter

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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The Kephart Prong Trail is one of those paths that some Smokies visitors end up on by accident, starting as it does on the park’s transmountain highway, Newfound Gap Road. That need not be so—the trail deserves better. The area is fun to explore—don’t expect to stay on the trail. This is a good hike year-round. Spring will have wildflowers, summer will have swimming near the trailhead, and fall will have color. In winter, the trail shelter is a preferred overnighting option.
Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition

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by Johnny Molloy (Wilderness Press)

The Kephart Prong Trail is one of those paths that some Smokies visitors end up on by accident, starting as it does on the park’s transmountain highway, Newfound Gap Road. That need not be so—the trail deserves better. The area is fun to explore—don’t expect to stay on the trail.

This is a good hike year-round. Spring will have wildflowers, summer will have swimming near the trailhead, and fall will have color. In winter, the trail shelter is a preferred overnighting option.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Kephart Prong Shelter

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