Unless you are staying in the SE until 3/15, NPFF and Cheoah will be mutually exclusive options because they occur on the same weekend. The only Cheoah releases are on 2/22 and 3/15.
As for road closures, I believe that the roads in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area in TN (Obed-Emory) will be closed through March (see page 54: http://www.state.tn.us/twra/pdfs/wmaseasons.pdf
). This is not a deal breaker, because you can still do many of the runs there. The shuttle for Daddy's Creek will be LONG because you have to drive all the way around the WMA, and you will have to paddle out the Obed because the DBT access point will be closed. You will also only be able to run the Obed by paddling Daddy's down into it.
The Blue Ridge Parkway in NC is closed right now, but it could open with enough warm weather to melt the ice off - maybe as soon as a week from now, assuming we don't get more snow/ice (828-298-0398 for info).
Finding people to boat with is easy down here - there are paddlers everywhere.
For info on showers and free camping, check the chapter and area info blocks in my River Gypsies' Guidebook ( RiverGypsies.com
). If you car camp for free at the BSF (near the O&W Bridge), remember that you need to get a backcountry permit.
Now start doing a rain dance!
Hope you have a great trip-