Ok, so I haven't been backpacking since . . . um . . . I was 15. That was about 25 years ago. Even then, the trip was planned out for me. 2 great trips to Philmont when I was young.
I have never planned a backpacking trip. I am confident in my skills to survive the experience and to prepare properly. However, I can't seem to find the resources to find a trail to actually hike. I'm looking for a short loop trail, maybe 10 miles or so, with a couple of back-country campsites I can stay at (or where camping along or just off the trail is permitted). I would like something fairly close to home (within a couple of hours or so of Athens, GA). I have no idea where to begin looking. Anyone have some ideas?
I was thinking a short backpacking trip that I can take on a Weekend, like a Friday night, arrive and camp, hike Saturday to a camp, and easy hike out Sunday. I probably won't actually be taking the trip till after the new year with all the holidays, and my lack of cold weather gear, but I wanted to 'plan one' since the first time you do something is always the hardest.