Myself and a couple friends are thinking about a trip up to North Carolina for around 9 days/nights in early August. We live in Texas so we're used to heat/humidity (although that doesn't mean we like it). Our interests while around Asheville would lie more with outdoorsy stuff - hiking and such. Please help with any ideas and recommendations. The goal is to spend roughly half our time in the mountains and the other half on the beach. Initial thoughts are:
Day 1 - Early afternoon flight into Charlotte. Pick up rental car and drive west to Cherokee for the night.
Day 2 - Want to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail, that's why we are thinking about staying in Cherokee. Are we better off staying elsewhere? Is there a nice portion of the trail that would be recommended (maybe 5-7 miles roundtrip)? If not, we would probably just head over to Clingmans Dome. Stay night in Asheville.
Day 3 - Morning drive to Hot Springs to hike Max Patch. Anything else recommended instead (and in addition to)? Visit Asheville rest of the day. Stay night in Asheville.
Day 5 - Kayak somewhere around Boone (maybe New River?). Visit Boone area. Stay night in Boone.
Day 6 - Travel day to get to the Outer Banks. Stay night in Nags Head (or any other recommendation?). Maybe I should post in that forum.
Day 7 - Visit Outer Banks and relax on beach. Stay night in Nags Head.
Day 8 - Visit Outer Banks and relax on beach. Stay night in Nags Head.
Day 9 - Travel day back to Charlotte for the night before flying out the next morning.
- Any little hikes that we could add in on Day 3 around Hot Springs? Is there a better area to visit instead?
- After kayaking in Boone on Day 5, any other ideas to fill time? Short hikes or viewpoints to visit?
- Any other do's and don'ts?