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Sweat Heifer Trail is a connector between Kephart Prong Trail and the Appalachia Trail.

Sweat Heifer Trail is a beautiful connector between Kephart Prong Trail and the Appalachian Trail. There are two shelters available. One being the Kephart Shelter, located on Kephart Prong Trail and the other being Icewater Spring Shelter on the Appalachian Trail. To reach the Icewater Spring Shelter, turn right (northeast) off Sweat Heifer Creek Trail onto the Appalachian Trail.

The hike is strenuous and under 4 miles. There are two beautiful waterfalls along this path which create a wonderful misty atmosphere, however, it tends to make the path slippery.

Directions: From Cherokee, NC, Travel US 411 north which turns into Newfound Gap Road. Begin on Kephart Prong Trail along the Kephart Prong on the north side of the road before the drastic switchbacks. There is a bridge over the Oconaluftee River at Kephart Prong Trailhead. Sweat Heifer Creek Trail intersects to the right about 1 mile.

Elevation: 5,700 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

Distance: 3.7 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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