I've been asked for some "best" and "worst" lists. I can't rank them in strict order but I've grouped some trips and trails under these categories:
Most Memorable Days
Curry Mountain and Laurel Falls with Megan and Laura - special days with my daughters
Eagle Creek with Judy - wild boar and conquering the crossings
Deep Creek/Thomas Divide with Don - highest mileage day
AT From Derrick Knob to Rocky Top with Mike - personal triumph in backpacking
Alum Cave/Trillium Gap with Wendell and the Tennessee group - snow globe!
Solo Hike with bear tracks - the day that solo hiking became fun
Jenkins Ridge Trail to Hazel Creek & no boat shuttle - with Judy
Forney Creek endurance test - with Jim
First Dayhike - with Danny & CMC members
Trip to Gregory Bald via Twentymile - with Don & Judy
Hiking while sick - with Jim
Alum Cave Trail - how can you not love it? Just ignore all the people..
Old Settlers Trail - most history per square foot in the Park
Noland Divide Trail - Lonesome Pine Overlook is a must-see
Meigs Creek Trail - a short hike for stream crossing at its best
Sugarland Mountain Trail - ridge walking with views of Mt LeConte and Clingmans Dome
McKee Branch Trail - deep trenches, what's under all those leaves?
Cold Spring Gap - longest creek walk ever
Cooper Road Trail - any of it (it's a road, people)
Bote Mountain Trail - ditto