Originally Posted by ikemouser
have you been there beep?
Not for many years, but I grew up in the Carolinas. My first-ever backpacking trip (excluding boy scout trips) was on the AT south of Hot Springs.
My aging memory tells me that in July it'll be muggy...no, that's MUGGY!!
...and quite warm during the day, even at mountain elevations, though the nights will be comfortable. I have no valid input based on current pollution conditions, but even in the ancient pre-pollution times when I was hiking in that area, I didn't often get "big" views because of trees & bushes that block views or because of the famous "smoke"/water vapor from which the Smokies take their name.