Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail

EASY 33 reviews

Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

no dogs

A nice wide path leads along the Kephart Prong (creek). Moderate uphill. Excellent for kids.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Easy, beautiful, relaxing,

1 month ago

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3 months ago

4 months ago

The entire Kephart Prong Trail is gravel and large rocks. Some nice views of the river that ran thru it but otherwise not very exciting. Would not do again.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome trail with many river crossings

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

I loved this trail! So many different wildflowers scattered around, different trail foundations, some historic remains, lots of small waterfalls and rapids, lots of creek crossings, little inlets with water features. And a variety of tree and plant life to keep one constantly looking around in amazement. Just watch your step!! The path can get very tricky with a lot of loose rocks and some roots. A bit of a challenge on the knees and ankles. But I absolutely loved it! I went about a half mile past the shelter (path on the right). That has a more narrow and uphill path.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful hike! steady uphill, so a good calorie burning trail. Took about 3 hours and my husband and I are beginner hikers so I am sure it could be done faster, but not sure I would was very peaceful. Hoping to go back and use the shelter overnight.

hiking
8 months ago

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8 months ago

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10 months ago

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Excellent hike. Most of the 4.0 mile (round-trip) trail was very rocky and you have to concentrate so that you won't sprain an ankle. I recommend hiking shoes. The trail was gradually and steadily upward and mostly along a scenic stream. There were four bridges, three of which were foot logs (or bridges that are a log leveled on one side). Don't worry, these bridges have a single rail along the side to hold on to. Recommended hike.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016