So I'm getting ready to do my next section, which is from Fontana to (hopefully) Max Patch, starting 9/5...
So far I'm thinking my stops will be as follows:
Day 1 - Fontana to Russel Field (13.5 mi)
Day 2 - Russel Field to Double Spring Gap (16.4mi)
Day 3 - Pecks Corner (21.2 mi)
Day 4 - Davenport Gap (20 mi)
Day 5 - Max Patch Summit, then back to Max Patch Rd? (14.9 mi)
I've hiked from Fontana to Shuckstack, so I know 13.5 mi is doable for me the first day.
Main question is, I really want to make it to Max Patch, but is Max Patch Rd a point that I can get a shuttle from?
Any idea what water is like in the park right now?
Any idea what kind of temps I should plan for clothing-wise? I'm thinkin I'm gonna bring my Cap 3 baselayer just in case when I get up around Clingmans...
And finally, any exceptional shuttle service to get from Max Patch to Fontana? Or vice versa? I like leaving my car at my destination rather than my departure point, but is there anywhere near Max Patch I can leave it?
worst case, I could just end near I-40 if need be... I'm gonna do the whole park, but Max Patch would be an extra treat for me.
Thanks! I'm so excited!