Published On: Thu, Mar 1st, 2012

Guided hike to explore Kephart Prong, Mountain Farm Museum


     Space is still available on the Friends of the Smokies guided hike exploring the Kephart Prong Trail, followed by a visit to the OconalufteeVisitorCenter and MountainFarmMuseum. Saturday, March 17, hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage) will lead this 4 mile hike along the Kephart Prong Trail, interpreting the remains of the CCC camp and a backcountry shelter. The hike is easy to moderate in difficulty, and has a total elevation gain of 950 ft. Hikers will also visit the nearby Oconaluftee Visitor Center and receive a Ranger-guided tour of the adjoining Mountain Farm Museum.

     Participants may gather to depart fromAsheville at 9 a.m.,MaggieValley at 9:30 a.m., or in the Park at 10:30 a.m. Meeting locations specified upon registration. Hikers should come prepared with food, water and appropriate hiking gear for the all day excursion. A donation of $35 to go to the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program is requested, and includes a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. A donation of $10 is requested from current Friends of the Smokies members. Members who bring a friend hike for free.

     To register for any of the hikes, contact Friends of the Smokies at or 828-452-0720. For more information, including a complete list of the North Carolina Classic Hikes series, visit Information about helping to maintain and improve these special trails can be found at

– Friends of the Smokies