Proposal:

  • Meet up at Cocoa Cinnamon on Friday morning at 8am.
  • Park one car at Northern Trailhead and one car at Highway 109.  
  • Hike from Northern Trailhead to Panther Branch to setup base camp (~7 miles) on day one.
  • Spend day two hiking south without heavy packs (out and back).
  • Hike from Panther Branch to Trailhead at Hwy 109 (~4 miles) on day three and drive back to Northern Trailhead for other car.
 

Map from "Backpacking North Carolina"

 

Map from US Forest Service with trail highlighted and circles over mentioned trailheads and potential camping spots.