My wife and I have just decided to dedicate a month to a section hike of the AT beginning mid May....probably the NC/TN section but that's not cast in stone. I am trying to decide which and/or how many guidebooks to buy. Initially I was looking at the AT Thru-Hiker's Companion by Sylvester and/or the AT Data Book by Chazin but after some poking around I'm leaning toward the AT Guide by David Miller.
Could anyone give me some advice on buying any one or combination of these books.
Also I'm a little confused as to where you can camp in the Smoky Mountain National Park. Some sources have said you must camp in a shelter while others have said there are different regs for thru hikers. I know all must have a permit. We will both be using hammocks of course.
Also...Assuming we do that section, would a Northbound or Southbound trip be easier?