How can I link to the most recent post in a category?

Hello beautiful people,

How can I create a link to a category--to it's most current/recent post?

I want to display the actual post. I do not want to display the category with one post listing in it.

I've searched and there are many PHP level solutions.

I'm kinda surprised this isn't a core WordPress feature.

Right now I've got several widget variations which can display a recent or featured post on the front page with an excerpt and a featured image. When someone clicks on the title, featured image, or Read More, they're taken to that post.

So I can see widgets can create the links--I'm just out of my depth figuring out how to leverage the same concept to create a link without displaying everything.

Thank you for the help and I wish you an amazing 2014!