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My Favorite All Time Trail!

Love Kephart Prong. It is a gorgeous 4 mile round trip hike with the best of everything the... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Lafayette, Indiana
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Nice, moderate trail

Very nicely maintained trail with interesting foot bridges over a picturesque stream. Not far from... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
James H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Love Kephart Prong. It is a gorgeous 4 mile round trip hike with the best of everything the Smokies has to offer; roaring mountain streams, CCC history and quaint foot bridges. It is a moderate mountain trail, but a bit rocky. Wear hiking shoes of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

Very nicely maintained trail with interesting foot bridges over a picturesque stream. Not far from Cherokee on the west side of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Trail is fairly wide, although the footbridges can be a bit tricky. Small children will have to be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

It is a awesome trail for families woth gorgeous views along side streams and creeks with perfect spots for a cool down. Well marked and simply amazing !

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Santosmommy
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Nice trail just off Newfound Gap Road. Park in the small pullout on either side of the road and walk across the bridge. Several partial, old CCC, structures are visible from the trail. We hiked about 2 miles crossing a few foot log bridges. Stopped...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank waynecO458HN
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Pretty strenuous but we hiked all day along the trail. Was few people this day and very cloudy showing us why it's called the smokey mountains.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank chelsea_azm
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The Kephart Prong Trail begins on Newfound Gap Road 8.8 miles south of Newfound Gap and terminates at the Kephart Shelter and the junction with Sweat Heifer Creek Trail and Grassy Branch Trail. The trail is 2.0 miles long and is a steady easy climb...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank billparkins
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is a beautiful hike! It lies next to a rapids like river/stream. There are remnants of an old mining camp and log bridges to cross. The first bridge is 3' wide and not a big deal but the last 2 are a single log...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Jan S
Reviewed 4 June 2016

This has been one of my favorite hikes thus far. It is a workout, straight up the whole way to the campsite shelter but so worth it. There is a lot of water on this trail and the sounds were very soothing. There is a...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Crafty_Beer_Mermaid
Reviewed 1 December 2015

A nice quiet walk, saw some old structures (old fire place still standing, a brick wall... its amazing that these are standing after all these years). We walked up to the shelter and back (roughly 4 miles round trip, but well worth it).

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank yankeedad69
Reviewed 11 August 2015

Really enjoyed this trail. Not crowded at all, and the hike was interesting with the water crossings and the remains of the CCC camp. I would agree that you need good shoes on this trail because of the rocks, but it is not a difficult...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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