Now that I'm locked in on dates I'm trying to narrow down exactly what route we want to take. We're looking to spend three nights on the trail, with the fourth day as short as possible to get back to the car early. Right now the major candidates are (1) Cherry Bend to Lick Branch and (2) going east-to-west, Hare Mtn. Trailhead to White Rock. Some of this will depend on what shuttle options are available, but I'd appreciate any comments anyone may have regarding these two possible trips.
I'd like to see as few people as possible, but I understand these are relatively popular sections. Other than that, my main concern is to hike as scenic an area as possible, and of course to pass enough water to keep us from having to load up too bad.
As for the difficulty, my wife and I did the Standing Indian loop along the AT a couple years ago and she passed with flying colors, although her feet got a bit torn up (breaking in new boots). So I'm not concerned too much about elevation, as long as it's nothing too crazy.