I'm a new member of the forum looking for some feedback. I looking to plan a 5 day backpacking trip around May 23-27th this year. My brothers and one of their friends will be flying out to Charlotte where I live and we'll be driving to the mountains.
Still trying to narrow down where in the mountains we'd like to have our route be. A couple of options I see are along the AT, Great Smoky Mountain National Park (not along AT), or in the Pisgah National Forest. Since this is the AT forum, I'd like to get some advice regarding the AT (probably running through GSMNP). Would we be running into a lot of Thru-hikers, or have the mostly come through earlier? Does the trail through the park run through a lot of areas where tourists and crowds will be or is it somewhat out of range? From what I can tell, the temps will range from the 50s to maybe the 80s during the day. Does this sound about right? What about rainfall around that time? Also, is there decent access to water for purification?
Hopefully I'm not inundating ya'll with questions. If any one has info on other trails in the park or in the Pisgah National forest, I'd love to hear it.
Thanks in advance,