Hey - I've been lurking some time on this and a few other forums. Trying to get back into wilderness camping after a 25 year break. I'm just looking for some suggestions on a few break-in target areas. I've done plenty of car camping with the family all over western NC over the years, but I'm looking for this to be a mild wilderness experience. I'm accumulating gear (hammock, bag, stove, water purifier, etc) and need to try it out in a solo, low-moderate risk situation. Eventually I want to go back down into Linville and really explore that area. But for now, I would like:

- foothills or Piedmont of NC (driving from the Triangle)
- a short hike (easy retreat to the car if something serious fails)
- a natural water supply
- privacy
- and two trees roughly 15 ft apart