Thanks for the ideas everyone. The Leconte and AT routes are just a little longer than the amount of time i have will allow. I had originally planned to go from Fontana Dam, but for 2-1/2 days it would be tough, tough going. Instead i went ahead and made a shelter reservation to do a similar route to Patrick's. (One set of trails to the west, and then back down Goshen Prong same as his.)
Anyone with experience on the Arkaquah Trail on Brasstown Bald?