Kephart Prong Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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Kephart Prong Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 2,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 879 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The trail ends near the Kephart Shelter (elevation 3,596 feet) shelter.
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Kephart Prong Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 2,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 879 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The trail ends near the Kephart Shelter (elevation 3,596 feet) shelter. This trail connects with the following: Sweat Heifer Creek Trail and Grassy Branch Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 879 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,730 feet
Top Elevation: 3,584 feet
Features: Wildflowers
Driving Directions: Directions to Kephart Prong Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2722/3584 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2730/2730 ft
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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Kephart Prong is an easy hike that offers a little something for everyone. The hike follows the creek closely for most of the route, crossing it four times on foot logs. You’ll pass through historical ruins and artifacts, and good spring and summer wildflower displays.

Kephart Shelter, at the end of the hike, presents a great option for an easy overnighter, with the sedative music of Kephart Prong to put you to sleep. All of these features make this a popular hike, so you might want to avoid it on weekends or during the summer and fall tourist seasons. Or you could begin the trek first thing in the morning and be back at your car before most people even begin their hike.

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May 2018