Since my last posting about my Standing Indian trip my private school went defunct. There will be a commemorative gathering this weekend, so I do not know whether or not the camping trip will work. Nevertheless, I went to a book store today to do a little more research (am I cheap or what?) and have come up with an itinerary. I'm very interested in your thoughts; especially regarding how much time listed activities will take.
Day 1: Drive to Standing Indian Campground from Chattanooga; set up camp. Hike up Standing Indian. If time allows, hike to Big Laurel or Mooney Falls.
Day 2: Take Highway 28 down to Highlands. Visit Cullasaja and Bridal Veil Falls on the way down. In the highlands area, visit Glen Falls and maybe Secret Falls. [Q: Is Highlands worth poking around in? How much is there to see in the town for the casual visitor?]
Day 3: Drive up to Wayah Bald. [Q: What sites to see are up there? Fire tower? Hiking? (AT, right?)] If time allows, visit Rufus Morgan Falls or hike to the Wasilik Poplar. Break camp and head back home.
It seems like we will be visiting a lot of waterfalls; are we visiting too many? If so, how should I change the itinerary?
Also, tchiker recommended the hike up Siler Bald over Standing Indian. Do you agree with this? I've kind of got a hankering to go up Standing Indian, but that's not a very educated hankering. Should I hike to Big Laurel Falls/Wasilik Poplar the first day and go up to Wayah and Siler balds the third?