thank you to everyone who has answered my questions. i think i have come up with an itinerary for our very brief trip into GSMNP.
it will be my husband and i (mid 30s, experienced but not expert hikers) and our 16 month old daughter. we're not bringing a stroller because we almost never use one anyways so she will be in a carrier one of our backs. she is also just learning to walk. normally she is a very good travel baby (i guess she's a travel toddler now) and will just go wherever we go and check things out. but with our short stay and having a toddler with us any hikes we do would be probably 2 miles or less round trip mainly because of time restraints.
please let me know if ive missed anything or any way to make this better!
also if anyone wants to tell the DO NOT MISSes on my list in case we run out of time.
-drive from Asheville, NC (Weaverville technically) on BRP towards Cherokee area.
-stop at Oconaluftee Visitor Center
-Mountain Farm Museum
-drive west to Clingman's Dove and up to the tower for a panaroma
-maybe hike to Andrew's Bald
-drive north to Roaring Fork Motor Trail and check that out
-overnight at Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg
-Sugarlands visit center
-maybe stop at Chimney Tops area??? (is this a good place for a view? we cant actually do the CHimney Tops trail it looks too hard with a toddler)
-stop at Newfound Gap
-hike a bit on the Appalachian Trail to say we did
-be in Cataloochee for late afternoon/early evening to see elk rut and also check out the buildings there.
-drive BRP back to Asheville.
is there any "must do's" in Gatlinburg??
looking briefly online it looks very touristy. doesnt really look like anything of interest to us since we are mainly heading that way for the park.
im assuming there is a "downtown" area so maybe we will just walk around to get the flavor of the area.