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.
Kephart Prong Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
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