were close to the Len Foote Hike Inn. I should have suggested a stay there when you were asking me about the southern Appalachians.
I DID stay at the Len Foote! When you get a chance, take a look at my "Woody Knob" page: http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/621469/-Woody-Knob-.html
FYI: We ended up doing a section hike of the AT (Plan A) instead of day hiking (Plan B) such as at Panther Canyon.
...maybe next time.
We LOVED the Len Foote - very relaxing. And, it beats the heck out of being in a tent when we got FOUR inches of rain that night!
I can't say enough good things about Len Foote Hike Inn. The food is great there! And, yes, so much better than roughing it in a tent!