I've been re-reading the book A Walk in the Woods this summer, and I got to thinking....There are a lot of people each year who thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, covering the entire 2000+ miles in one fell swoop. But has anyone ever "thru-hiked the Smokies". According to the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, there are currently 241 members of the "900 Mile Club", people who have hiked every trail in the Park. Certainly there are more people who have done the hike but aren't members of this club. But I got to wondering if any of them tried to do the entire 900 miles straight through (actually more, since it takes more like 1100 miles with backtracking) at one time?
I wonder what that would be like. My guess is that it would take 2-3 months depending on your pace. Sounds like it would be fun.