Last winter i had a fantastic hike, and i owe it to Bradford Rogers(Of BPL forum) for recommending it:
**Appalachian Trail – Roan Highlands**
Starting: Erwin, TN
Ending: Dennis Cove Road (Kincora Hostel)
Highlights: Beauty Spot, Roan Mountain, Jane Bald, Grassy Bald, Little Hump Mountain/Big Hump Mountain (balds), Jones Falls
What I am looking for in a hike this November:
**A Section hike on the appalacian trail from 50-75 miles spanning 5-6 days of hiking.
**Must be within 350 miles drive of elizabethtown, kentucky.
**I would like something with some mountains (5000+ft).
**I will be covering 10-12 miles a day with a pack weighing less than 33lb maxed out on day one.
**I will have a maximum of 6 days to spend on the trail.
**I will be solo and looking to utilize a shuttle service.
I am considering:
(1)Appalachian Trail – GSMNP
Starting: Fontana Dam
Ending: Waterville School Road (Standing Bear Farm Hostel)
Miles : 74.4
Highlights: Shuckstack Fire Tower, Rocky Top, Clingmans Dome, Charlie’s Bunion, Mt Cammerer Fire Lookout
(2)Appalachian Trail – Virginia Highlands
Starting: Damascus, VA
Ending: Marion, VA
Highlights: Buzzard Rock, Mt. Rogers, Wilburn Ridge (bald), Wild Ponies in Grayson Highlands
I have fully explored and am not interested in:
Red River Gorge
Big South Fork
If you have any other recommendations than the hikes listed above, please recommend them. Please also list what maps i will need to buy in order to cover the section of the AT you recommend.Much thanks to all at the forum.