This moderate 4.2-mile (round trip) hike takes you through thick forest to the ruins of an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp built during the Great Depression. It's located about 0.2 miles from the trailhead. Further along, you'll have some fine views of the churning Kephart Prong and make several scenic crossings of the fern-dappled river on log bridges.
The trail ends near the Kephart Shelter, a popular backcountry site for backpackers. From here a left turn along the Sweat Heifer Creek trail goes 3.7 miles uphill to intersect with the Appalachian Trail.
The trailhead is located along the park's main north–south road, about 7 miles north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.