Hi @REI-AngieH, thank you so much for getting back to me. My girlfriend and I are coming for Thanksgiving and a wedding in my family in the Pigeon Forge area the same week. We are so excited. I have actually been a few times but never really done much real hiking because I didn't really have that interest in the years ago that I did visit. It was really cold and really wet those years! We will for sure stop by the REI store while on our visit. So I've found out I have adequate base layer, mid layer, rain layer, pants, but still need to go in and try on some boots because I know there is a very high chance it will be wet.
Any trail recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We are just day hiking so anything under 15 miles is a yes from me.