I was wondering if some of the veterans on here might help with planning a 100 mile hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A friend is giving me a car ride out of Rogersville, TN (NW corner of map). I am hiking solo. Start date is around 1-5 of June. Primary consideration here is to enjoy the solitude and wilderness in the area of Cherokee National Forest, Roan Mountain State Park and Linville (not looking to cover all three).
I will be carrying a 25-30 lb backpack, and I would say my health is average for somebody in his mid thirties (5' 10", 170 lb). This is my first time hiking long distance. Not sure if camping must be at campsites, but I would prefer being away from crowds as much as possible on the trails and at night in my hammock. I will be practicing Leave No Trace as much as possible.
General tips are also welcome.