In addition to "longest walk possible" are there any good guidelines for finding trails/areas in the southeast that are typically less crowded on holiday such as the 4th? State parks here become overcrowded and very loud on summer holidays.
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My answer is not specific for a particular area or a particular date. I like to find trails, areas, that are less crowded in general, and estimate the seasonal pattern mostly on availability. Signs of less popular areas:
Of course, this has the marked disadvantage that it's also harder to find those areas at all. It helps to know the area, to get a good map that includes not only popular trails but also less popular ones, etc. In my area, I've never met another hiker in routes that I designed on my own.