I know about the whole permits and reservations thing. We plan on spending three or four days. About 15 miles minimum a day. We are gonna enter around Davenport Gap and hike the AP trail taking some detours to see some sites. At Mollies Ridge we are gonna cut north and exit near Cades Cove. Might detour to Fontana Dam too.
Our experience is kind of a long story. Bottom line is we know what we are doing. I have little experience with camping and we both have experience in the backcountry sort of.
Im all for having fun, showing your tits and getting fucked up on a river float but it can be done without being a pig.