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  1. I suppose imho all of the above are right on. I...

    I suppose imho all of the above are right on. I tend to be a planner but not because I am uptight about anything, simply because I love staring at maps for hours, optimizing my equipment, etc.... I...
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    Good info. I have a new potential plan for those...

    Good info. I have a new potential plan for those in the area. I have become concerned regarding access to a parking lot I see at the junction of the Sarvis Cove Trail and the AT (anyone know how...
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    Parking at Allen Gap (Hwy NC208/70)

    I am taking a group on a one nighter. Can we park at Hwy NC208 (Allen Gap area) for 1 night? One book I have shows parking there, however AWOL and my map do not show parking?? I want to take a...
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    Thanks Skater and Dogwood. Lots of good...

    Thanks Skater and Dogwood. Lots of good information for me to look into. I am feeling very good about the loops I haven't taken yet :)
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    Thanks jpolk84. The link is very useful.

    Thanks jpolk84. The link is very useful.
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    I stayed at Thomas Knob shelter last Saturday...

    I stayed at Thomas Knob shelter last Saturday night. Winds were very strong so we were glad to be there. It was pretty full with 5 upstairs and 6 downstairs. It was clean and in reasonable shape. ...
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    I was hiking southbound towards Hot Springs and...

    I was hiking southbound towards Hot Springs and the AT Guide "Springs" listed at NB Mile 277.4 was not flowing. Barely a wet spot. That area burnt last year so I don't know if that affected it. ...
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    This Benton Mckaye Trail is obviously one I need...

    This Benton Mckaye Trail is obviously one I need to learn about. I haven't been on this coast very long. It seems key for the GA/Tenn hiking area.

    Thanks.
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    I looked this up. It is interesting. Does the...

    I looked this up. It is interesting. Does the Duncan Ridge trail turn into the Benton Mckaye Trail? Are these 2 trails well marked? The part from Morganton Hwy (GA-60) to the AT is confusing on...
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    Loops from Springer Mt to mid VA?

    For obvious reasons I am looking for loops to hike from Springer Mt through mid Virginia (I live in SC so this is the more drivable distance). I have done Standing Indian loop a few times. I have...
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    This is a great hike I have done 3 times. One...

    This is a great hike I have done 3 times. One thing I want to be sure you know is to bring a filter and filter your water. There are plenty of resupply points with streams and springs along the way...
  12. LOL...a dare is not the same as a challenge. I...

    LOL...a dare is not the same as a challenge. I just feel like I am cheapening my accomplishment if I decide to take each section in the easiest direction. When I go with friends I do choose the...
  13. I am just looking for 4 days of decent weather...

    I am just looking for 4 days of decent weather (at least predicted weather) to go. So hopefully late next week. My history is I end up going further than I plan, getting to the planned stopping...
  14. I was looking at the climb Mr. Bumpy, especially...

    I was looking at the climb Mr. Bumpy, especially out of Hot Springs that first day and realizing I better get started early for that 2300' elevation gain. I am in decent shape (i.e. 2 weeks ago did...
  15. Thanks Gambit and TV. Hey Tenn Viking, any of...

    Thanks Gambit and TV. Hey Tenn Viking, any of these a "this is way better than the shelter?"

    Ed
  16. Campsites between Hot Springs, NC and Sams Gap (Hwy 26)

    I am going to take 3 days to hike starting in Hot Springs heading to Sams Gap (about 44 mi, NB Mi 273.7 - 317.6). Anyone know of cool places I should camp for a night? My AT guide does not show much...
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    Yes, the Longbranch Trail is at Glassmine Gap, NB...

    Yes, the Longbranch Trail is at Glassmine Gap, NB Mi 103.3.
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    Sorry, I am a rookie at this site and the pic did...

    Sorry, I am a rookie at this site and the pic did not show.

    Between Standing Indian shelter and the top of the mt. Sorry, It came in upside down?? BTW, that is for/clouds, not smoke.

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    The ground is completely covered with ash. A lot...

    The ground is completely covered with ash. A lot of trees and some of the Rhododendron's are still standing so I am hoping it will recover this spring. But at the top the leaves are pretty much...
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    Standing Indian Loop Status

    I know a lot of you enjoy the Standing Indian Loop as I do. I hiked the Kimsey Creek Trail from the Standing Indian Campground to the AT, the AT northbound to the Longbranch Trail back to Standing...
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    I will post the update as a new thread titled...

    I will post the update as a new thread titled Standing Indian Loop Status in case others are interested.
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    Will do. Should be back Saturday night.

    Will do. Should be back Saturday night.
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    I got a smart idea for a change and called the...

    I got a smart idea for a change and called the ranger station out there. They said the roads are open basically to the campground and closed from that point on. So yes, I can get to the Kinsey...
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    Thanks TNhiker. That is what I am hoping for. I...

    Thanks TNhiker. That is what I am hoping for. I am still hoping to hear from someone that lives close and knows. If not I will head out there based on your and my optimistic assumption.
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    Is the Kinsey Creek Trail open now (1/12/17)

    I see we have some great weather this week and I want to hike the Standing Indian loop. When I look up the Kinsey Creek Trail (access to AT from Standing Indian Campground) it says the trail is...
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