My SO surprised me with a trip to Gatlinburg TN. I can't help but notice its close proximity to the AT. Unfortunately my dreams of thruhiking are crushed by corporate America.

I would like to devote a solid day(8h) to do a tiny piece of the AT during my trip! My 11y/o is also very excited to tag along. She is an experienced hiker and Ive told her everything Ive learned about the AT in hopes of her one day hiking her own hike!

Anyhow, What are some good start/stop points near Gatlinburg TN? Or maybe there are some great scenic loop trails in that area that would be a better choice?