Hike the Kephart Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Kephart Prong Trail, Bryson City, North Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    850 Feet

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. 

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hammock (optional)
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Stayed overnight in the shelter, would and will do it again! Beautiful, yet simple hike to take on.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Joshua Contois Explorer

Park Ranger currently working for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Restless by nature, Josh has traveled across the American west in search of new adventures. When not out exploring new trails or sleeping under the stars, you can find him in your local brewery.

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