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4.2 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~950 (+)

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Kephart Prong Trail

North CarolinaTennessee | Great Smoky Mountains by v8.6m

Activities & Features


Kephart Prong Trail is a moderate kid friendly day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that offers hikers incredible scenery coupled with a great history. Just past the trailhead hikers come the remains of a CCC camp that was active in the park during the Great Depression. A stone chimney and message board is all that remain standing. At a little over two miles up the trail hikers will come to the Kephart Shelter, this marks the turnaround point for an out and back hike. The shelter is a popular choice for an overnight stay. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


A Civilian Conservation Corps camp was located along this trail from 1933 to 1942. Today hikers will pass the remnants of the once bustling community of workers.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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