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  1. Franklin or Hiawassee?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin View Post
    You should be all means go into both towns, but those planning extended stays (i.e. zero days) would do better to go into Franklin. As others have said, there are a lot more things there: Hiker friendly places to stay (the Budget Inn is the best located as far as distance from most of the places you'll want); tons of restaurants; several large supermarkets and a Wal*Mart; two good outfitters; several pubs and coffeeshops; a bookstore, you name it. Oh, and as many hikers happily discovered this
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  2. Any recommendations for the Grayson Highlands in May?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shonryu View Post
    I would personally go from Damascus NOBO to Atkins. Once you get past scales it gets kind of boring. That and there is a resturant in Atkins once you come off of the trail that has a killer hiker burger that is a nice payoff for the trip If you dont plan on staying at Partnership at least take advantage of pizza hut delivering there and grabbing a cold drink at the ranger station I dont remember there really being a place between Damascus and Atkins where you could resupply.
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