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Hi I just wrote in your "comment" space. Sorry, just saw where to post a reply.
Forgot to warn you the campgrounds have no hookups or showers, but do have flush toilets in bathrooms. However, the campgrounds are very nice. We particularly like Doughton Park (mp240 app) for camping, hiking and cobbler at the restaurant. Mabry Mill at mp176 has great corn meal pancakes. You can tour the old mill and particpate in pioneer activities on weekends. Pick up a folder on the pkwy at either terminus and you will have all sites by mileposts. The Moses Cone (founder of corduroy and denim mills) home is at mp290 has elegant crafts for purchase. Also walking trails. Closest campground is Julian Price-not our favorite, but still pleasant place to camp, especially if you are lucky enought to fit into the lake loop. Crabtree Meadows has camping as well as 20 min. hike to beautiful falls. Gradual climb down. "What goes down MUST come up!" Folk Art Center near Asheville has beautiful up-scale crafts, but you will have to pick it up from the Pkwy detour on I 40.
I've taken up a lot of space, but we just love the Parkway. If you have time write to the National Park Service/ Dept. of Interior for the folder "Blue Ridge Parkway", or just pick it up at Humpback Rocks Visitor ctr. Enjoy the rolling farmland of Va as the pkwy turns to mt. foot hills, then the impressive Black Mt. range and finally the Smokies.Have fun!
Thanks for the information, I'll use it on my trip