My wife and I are both hammock hangers and are hiking the southern half of the AT (Springer-Harpers Ferry) starting this Spring. We'll probably be entering the SMNP about mid April. We don't plan on sleeping in shelters with the possible exception of some freaky weather. We are bringing UQs only...no pads other than a possible sit pad.
I'd like to know if we will have problems finding places to hang near the shelters in the park. We know that's a busy time for hikers passing through. I have considered using pads in the park and bouncing our UQs to the end of the park. This would allow us to go to ground (shudder) or sleep in a shelter if we can't find appropriate spots to hang.