I'm planning a trip to North Carolina toward the end of the month. I have a rough outline of what I want to do, but I'm hoping anyone who knows the area well can help me fill it out a bit.
I'm from Tennessee, but I live in Los Angeles. My girlfriend and I are taking another couple up to the mountains for a couple of nights. I'm not sure how much camping experience they have, but I want to make sure this one's a good one. I'm thinking of leaving from Chattanooga and heading to Roan Mountain for the afternoon and hiking from Carver's Gap to Grassy Ridge and back. From there, I want to head to Table Rock for the night. I've heard it's free to camp in the U.S. Forest outside of Linville Gorge without a permit. We would camp there for the night, hike to the top of Table Rock to check out the stars, explore a bit more in the morning, and take off down the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Asheville. I know there's Mt. Mitchell on the way. Any other things worth seeing? We'll stay in Asheville for the night. I don't know too much about the city. Where are some good places to eat, and what are some must-see things in or around the city? We'll probably spend the rest of the next day there and drive back that evening.