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Josiah Vandervelde
(eternalnoob) - F - M

Locale: Florida
AT North Carolina over thanksgiving on 10/01/2011 20:33:09 MDT Print View

I'm thinking about taking a group section hiking on the AT over the week of thanksgiving. We'd be in NC. Looking at Wallace Gap to Fontana Dam. Can anyone tell me what the weather is like, how busy the trail is, other concerns?

Thanks

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: AT North Carolina over thanksgiving on 10/02/2011 05:59:33 MDT Print View

That is the time of year when the weather is really changing to winter. I've had Thanksgiving trips that were balmy (mostly) and others that were snowy and cold (single digits at night). You will have to watch the weather before you go.

The trail will be fairly busy but more so south in the Standing Indian area and north in the park. The biggest concern is that is rifle season for deer hunting and so you need to be careful and wear plenty of orange. That is why we usually go to the park during Thanksgiving where there is no hunting.

Josiah Vandervelde
(eternalnoob) - F - M

Locale: Florida
Thanks on 10/02/2011 07:40:31 MDT Print View

Thanks, that's pretty helpful. We were thinking about making the drive to Big Bend as well, so I'm going to look into that as well. Hunters, hikers, and single digit temps is probably not doable for some in my group.