Meet at Smokemont Visitors Center on Hwy. 441 in the park at 7:45 AM this Saturday. Leave your vehicle (it's safe) there & I have another hiker coming that will drive us up to Newfound Gap on the A.T. I hope to be on the trail running by 8 AM.
Head east on the A.T. past Charlies Bunion. Take a right onto Dry Sluice Gap Trail which you will follow onto Bradley Fork Trail and end up back at Smokemont with your vehicle. The first three miles on the A.T. are uphill with about 1000' gain. After that the final 10 miles level out and zip down Richland Mountain. You could easily add in more mileage if you like. Take a look at the entire map of the park here.
Here is a map of what I plan to do. The weather looks to be beautiful on Saturday!