Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Horace Kephart's Last Permanent Camp
On this spot Horace Kephart - Dean of American Campers and one of the Principal Founders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - pitched his last permanent camp.
Erected 1931 by Horace Kephart Troop, Boy Scouts of America, Bryson City, N.C.
Location. 35° 31.197′ N, 83° 25.182′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Deep Creek Trail and Martins Gap Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bryson City NC 28713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Measure of Men (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fifty Years of Mountain Logging (approx. 5 miles away); Mountains: Refuge and Healing (approx. 5 miles away); And It Became Land (approx. 5 miles away); The Top of the Smokies (approx. 5 miles away); Spared the Saw (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cherokee Indian Reservation / (Leaving) Cherokee Reservation (approx. 5.2 miles away); Southern View (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Horace Kephart: Outdoorsman, Writer and Park Advocate. A chapter about Horace Kephart in the book, (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Horace Kephart's Refuge
"... Kephart found refuge from summer visitors seeking him out by camping at the old Bryson Place, now a designated camping area in the national park, situated about 10 miles north of Bryson City alongside Deep Creek. He would sometimes go there for an entire summer, hauling in by wagon or on horseback the supplies and equipment he required, which included a small folding desk and writing materials."
An excerpt from the book, Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains by George Ellison (see link provided).
— Submitted October 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
2. Kephart Memorial
On January 5, 2009, I visited the Kephart Memorial near Bryson Place, together with John Kennerly and Richard Ryburn. John Kennerly hiked to Martins Gap, while Richard Ryburn and I looked for the marker. It was somewhat difficult to locate; both of searched for almost an hour, and Richard finally found it. Therefore I am submitting this additional information in the hope that it will help others locate the memorial more easily.
The memorial is located approximately 322' SW (bearing 220 degrees) from the Martins Gap Trail sign. From the trail sign, go back down the trail toward Deep Creek campground approximately 150', then go off the trail at an angle, to the right. The marker is below the trail, on the right. A GPS reading at the marker showed N 35 degrees 31.197' W 083 degrees 25.182', with an accuracy of plus or minus 14'.
— Submitted January 10, 2009, by Frank March of Sevierville, Tennessee.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,364 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.