my husband, my 15 m.o. daughter, and i will be visiting my sister in law and her boyfriend outside of Asheville at the end of September. i would like to spend 2 days in GSMNP and i have a rough outline.
please help me fill in things to do on our path. or tell me if my plan stinks, or a better way to do it.
my husband and i are good hikers (nothing crazy or strenuous) but we will have our daughter with us who will be 17ish month old so any hikes have to be pretty level and not crazy long.
please let me know of any good stopping points for scenery or short hikes. looking at the map of the park im not sure what things are good stopping points or crazy hikes.
-drive BRP from Asheville (technically Weaverville) to Cherokee
-drive NW on Newfound Gap Rd
-veer off and go West to Clingman's Dome for a brief stop off. from what i understand you can see Clingman's Dome w/o doing a crazy hike or you can do a short but very steep hike up to a lookout (?)
-head back east to where we were then back North to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
-spend night in Gatlinburg if can find hotel room
-head back way we came (dont think there are too many options on where to go?) then head over to Cataloochee. would be nice to be there early in the morning for wildlife viewing but i dont think that will happen so maybe there will still be some animal life midday.
-head back to Asheville
i see lots of stuff on the map like Balsam Mt, Newfound Gap, Sugarland Mt, etc but unsure what we can fit in.
and of course im open to stuff not on the map that's just what im using as a guide right now ;-)