I am planning a section hike for 35-42(ish) miles between Deep Gap and Tellico Gap and need some assistance. I am looking for a safe location to leave a vehicle (I don't mind extending my hike to the Nantahala Outdoor Center) and hiking 35-42 miles for a 3 night/4 day hike. It doesn't appear that Deep Gap or Burningtown Gap provide much safety for leaving an unattended vehicle for 4 days and therefor I have concerns. I am looking for some suggestions and assistance with planning this hike. I am comfortable with hiking past Tellico and past Deep Gap if needed and there is no preference given to a north or south bound hike however this is the last 51 miles of the trail in NC that I have not yet hiked therefore I am focusing on completing most of this section with the time I can allocate to doing so.

Thank you for your assistance!