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I did a 13 week work assignment in Nashville and went camping at mammoth cave in KY while I was there. I think it was only about 1.5 hrs away. Y'all should consider going there
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I would highly recommend a good water filter over the boiling method. Boiling is a pain in the ass. You gotta break out your stove, boil the water, then it's gotta cool before you can drink it. You still end up having to lug a day's worth of water on your back.

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I think we are just gonna go with our canteens, 1 liter, and then my pack has a camel back built in for water so we'll be fine. Then boil water method and other methods for when we stop for the night and we'll be just fine.

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I would highly recommend a good water filter over the boiling method. Boiling is a pain in the ass.
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The filters take the sediment out as well and you can top up your water bottle quickly whenever you find water. Nice option because you should be going thru a few canteens during the day.
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Used to spend a bunch of time in the smokies in college.

You should be fine bringing a couple liters of water. Every major campground has water source with a couple tenths of a mile. Also, beware of the mice in the camp areas. They can carry various diseases. Are you hiking along the AT or what? It is a pretty area for sure

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Not sure our route yet. Kinda wanna do a horseshoe shape starting from where the AT exits the park. Gonna do a little more research to find out where I want to go and what's to see. We are gonna try to cover A LOT of ground each day. We are gonna pretty much be jogging. Once this semester is over I'll have time to sit down and really map out where we are gonna go. Are the trails marked? I don't really feel like navigating the entire time with a map compass and azimuth. I mean we'll have them in case we get lost, but it'll slow us down to navigate like that.

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Not sure our route yet. Kinda wanna do a horseshoe shape starting from where the AT exits the park. Gonna do a little more research to find out where I want to go and what's to see. We are gonna try to cover A LOT of ground each day. We are gonna pretty much be jogging. Once this semester is over I'll have time to sit down and really map out where we are gonna go. Are the trails marked? I don't really feel like navigating the entire time with a map compass and azimuth. I mean we'll have them in case we get lost, but it'll slow us down to navigate like that.
I recommend going up and over Glingmans Dome for sure. Yes the AT is marked with white blazes. Super easy to follow. I don't know if it is practical but you could take two cars and park them at different spots so you don't have to back track or anything like that.

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I also recommend picking up a portable water pump. Me and some buddies do a backcountry trip every year in the Linville Gorge area of western NC (btw, linvillegorge, is that where you're from??), and the pump saves a lot of time and energy hiking gallons of water. I've been using this one for years and it works great:

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Yep, grew up northwest of Morganton. My family has lived near the mouth of the Linville Gorge since the mid-1700s.

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