Hike the Kephart Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Hike the Kephart Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Kephart Prong Trail

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

850 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Joshua Contois

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Scenic

Cross multiple rivers on 5 foot bridges along this scenic 4-mile hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Kephart Prong is a pretty easy hike in close proximity to the Visitor Center on the North Carolina Side of GSMNP. 2 miles up the trail, you'll arrive at Kephart Shelter, where you can rest and enjoy vies of the Kephart Prong. Once you've had your fill, head back down the way you came. 

During the rainy months, you'll see small streams form near the trail that flow into the Kephart Prong. You may even get a chance to see a few small waterfalls. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $194/night

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Stayed in The Kephart Shelter

Stayed overnight in the shelter, would and will do it again! Beautiful, yet simple hike to take on.

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

850 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Joshua Contois

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