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URGENT! | Need help deciding where to backpack!

Postby jester86 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:50 pm

Hey guys, I am 4 days away from graduating with my degree in electrical engineering and want to celebrate by getting out and backpacking with some friends. We had some other plans that fell through however now we're looking to backpack somewhere in the TN/NC smoky mountain area next week but I need some help deciding where. I have 3 rookie backpackers and a 1.25 yr old german shepherd coming with me. We have the gear to survive damn near anything so I'm not worried about weather nor the elements too much. I just need some ideas of some good places to go down in that area where dogs are permitted. Also if possible it would be nice to be in an area where I could get some good photos. We plan on being down there Sat/Sun thru Thurs. Thanks guys!
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Postby Todd » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:45 pm

First, congratulations on your graduation! Quite an accomplishment....

Approximately how many miles are you going to, willing to, or wanting to, hike per day. What time of day can you arrive to the area (determines how many miles can you hike that first day)?

The dog rules out the Smoky Mountain National Park, dogs are not allowed on park trails.

4 areas come to mind off the top of my head. I don't have my maps with me, but will take a look when I get home this afternoon and provide additional details.

Here are the areas the came to mind in the order I consider the best hiking areas.

1) Big South Fork NRRA - this area is on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, allows dogs, and this time of the year, you would have the place to yourselves.

2) The Appalachian Trail south of the Smoky Mountains NP. Park in the Fontana Dam area and head south into the Nantahala National Forest. You can find an AT area map here

3) Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - this is in the same general area as #2, Robbinsville NC.

4) Appalachian Trail north of Smoky Mountains into the Pisgah/Cherokee National forest.


If you see this before I post more, and one area(s) seems more interesting than others, let me know and I will get you more info about that/those areas.
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Postby Todd » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:54 pm

I thought of two other areas I have been to that might be of interest you.


Frozen Head State Park
http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/FrozenHead/

Lots of trails that could be used to make loops of various lengths. Frozen Head Map

Big Frog Mountain Wilderness

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/recrea ... frog.shtml

This is an awesome area and now that hunting season is over, I suspect very little use for the next couple of months.

Savage Gulf is more in middle Tennessee, but is an awesome place with lots of trails. There is alos a cabn that you can hike into and stay at. Lots of photo ops here.

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/pub ... index.html
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Postby Todd » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:56 pm

If you are going to the Smoky Mountains be sure to check out the following post for road closure.

http://www.outdoors-411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=39141
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Postby Todd » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:59 pm

Another rock slide is affecting the area(s) I recommended. Be sure to check the following post for details.

http://www.outdoors-411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=39290
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Postby Todd » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:40 pm

Be aware that a third rock slide is affecting traffic in the areas I mentioned.

http://www.outdoors-411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=39386
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