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  1. I am near Linville Gorge/Mt Mitchell in NC. It...

    I am near Linville Gorge/Mt Mitchell in NC. It was first projected the eye would go right over me. Now its moved east to Greensboro.

    The tail ends of Ian are stretching only as far as...
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    You will be looking more toward towns, nearby...

    You will be looking more toward towns, nearby state parks, or established campgrounds.

    RV camping overnight at trailheads is technically frowned upon. Some of the trailheads are just a small...
  3. On the Front page -...

    On the Front page - https://whiteblaze.net/forum/content.php - Hostels and shuttles -

    Elmers and Laughing Hear are popular hostels. I don't know the availability for hostels outside of the...
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    Move toward mainstream Social Media and mobile...

    Move toward mainstream Social Media and mobile apps.
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    Keep an eye on shelter status within the Smokies...

    Keep an eye on shelter status within the Smokies for closures.
  6. Grassy Ridge summit has some camping. There is...

    Grassy Ridge summit has some camping. There is no camping allowed on Round Bald and Jane Bald last I remember due to fragile landscape.

    If weather is bad, you are very exposed. And you will have...
  7. Fire Destroys Ocoee Whitewater Center

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    Fire Destroys Ocoee Whitewater CenterApril 26, 2022
    WDEF News

    Update, 9:37am Authorities received a call from a passerby around midnight...
  8. Test out your gear and weight near home. Get...

    Test out your gear and weight near home.

    Get an AT trail guide or phone app.
    Have idea where water sources, shelters/camps, elevation/profile.

    Weather will be humid and warm. Expect rain.
    ...
  9. Other than really bad weather...Why stay in a...

    Other than really bad weather...Why stay in a shelter with the mice, farts, and norovirus.
  10. https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitT...

    https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitTypeID=2
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    Ditto on the MST. For the AT, start from the...

    Ditto on the MST.

    For the AT, start from the beginning AFSP or Springer and go NOBO. If you want to stay close to trail towns then somewhere between Erwin to Hampton.
  12. Closed condemned due to structural instability. ...

    Closed condemned due to structural instability. The field and privy are still open for use.

    Last I heard, the ATC and USFS (possibly the SAHC) are still hashing out plans on what to do in its...
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    Camping Closure for A.T. – Double Springs Shelter...

    Camping Closure for A.T. – Double Springs Shelter to Backbone Rock TrailJanuary 2022: This closure notice has been formally lifted by Cherokee National Forest.
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    Last I heard, there were camping restrictions for...

    Last I heard, there were camping restrictions for bear activity around Watauga Lake and between Holston Mtn (Double Springs shelter to Backbone Trail). I am not seeing the restrictions on the ATC...
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    I can't imagine what the windchills would be on...

    I can't imagine what the windchills would be on the balds.
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    You will need to keep an eye on Parkway closures...

    You will need to keep an eye on Parkway closures this time of year.

    This is the link to the Pisgah District road season closures....
  17. Been a while since I walked the section. Bald...

    Been a while since I walked the section.

    Bald Mtn shelter is always in good shape. No tenting next to shelter. Sites at most gaps, balds, and north of shelter. I advise staying off the balds as...
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    The Smokies are a rainforest. Good chance...

    The Smokies are a rainforest.

    Good chance Clingmans Dome Rd will be closed.
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    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. ...

    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. Then there a number of camping spots on the Hampton Blue Blaze.<br><br>Last time I walked up to Pond Flats from the Gorge, I was helping build the...
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    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. ...

    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. Then there a number of camping spots on the Hampton Blue Blaze.

    Last time I walked up to Pond Flats from the Gorge, I was helping build the relos...
  21. Linville Gorge area has several FSR with...

    Linville Gorge area has several FSR with campsites along them.

    Steele Creek area is an old primitive campground. Only accessible from April to end of December.
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    Hike your own hike, but there would be a good...

    Hike your own hike, but there would be a good amount of road walking or a non-direct route of trail systems in order to connect to Springer.
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    @RADHiker, MY profile pic is with one of the...

    @RADHiker,

    MY profile pic is with one of the coolest guys on that section. Uncle Nick. His place is just before Iron Mtn Shelter. Thats an awesome spot to camp for the night.
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    You can alter the hike: NOBO = Start at 19E. ...

    You can alter the hike:
    NOBO = Start at 19E. At TN91 start staying at Rabbits Hole and day hike between TN 91 and McQueens Gap. Then do the rest to Damascus
    SOBO = Go from US421 with only 3...
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    Low Gap is a pretty steady steep climb up. The...

    Low Gap is a pretty steady steep climb up. The time I hiked it, the climb wasn't hard. It was the humidity.
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