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Asheville East KOA Blue Ridge Parkway Trip
June 18-23, 2007

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Page 1 (MPs 400s)
  
Smokemont Campground
  Waterrock Knob
  Mount Pisgah CG

Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
  Asheville, NC
     Asheville KOA East
     Biltmore Estate
     Chimney Rock
  Craggy Gardens
  Crabtree Meadows CG

Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
  RiverCampUSA
  Virginia Creeper Trail

Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
  Peaks of Otter CG
  Otter Creek CG

Page 9 (MP 62)
  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

Page 10 (MPs 45-0)
  Chimney Rock
  20 Minute Cliff
  Humpback Rocks

  Shenandoah NP
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A fellow RVer had recommended this as a good location from which to explore the things I wanted to see in Asheville. And it certainly was a nice and convenient stop!

Asheville East KOA

2708 U.S. Hwy 70 East
Swannanoa, NC 28778
(828) 686-3121

After being with only partial hookups for a while, I was happily spoiled again with 50 amps and sewer hookups at my site B-15. This was the first time I was able to get Direcway satellite TV in a while, too.
Yet we didn't even have to hit the parkway for pretty scenery. Swannanoa River is seen here and this little boy seemed to be having fun "helping" his grandpa fish.
This is site E-1, a 30 amp full hookup site on one of the two lakes in the campground. See site map link above for info on facilities in each section/site.

I met this nice family and their friends enjoying camping in sites E 4 and 5. The Ledbetters and their daughters Bryanna (8) and Haylea (4) live only an hour away and come here often for fun family get togethers. The girls like feeding the ducks and riding inner tubes on the river. Their friends from W. Asheville, the Meltons, are also frequent visitors and really enjoy the trout stocked stream. They all said they appreciated the safe, family oriented environment.

GPS Coordinates: 35.60088° N; 82.37391° W
Location: 12 miles east of Asheville
From I-40: Exit 59; L on Patton Cove; R onto US-70 for 1.4 miles; entrance on left.

Malia's 2 cents: A pretty park very conveniently located for all the sightseeing I wanted to do in Asheville with all the conveniences I enjoy when returning home exhausted from all that sightseeing! Only problems I saw is the train that runs on the other side of the highway seemed awfully fond of his horn, but it didn't rob us of sleep and basically the park is pretty peaceful. The wi-fi is free, but it was a little weak for me and I kept getting disconnected. The people in E-4 said they couldn't get it at all but it really wasn't a big deal for them. My Verizon air card worked fine here, though.
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