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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (Page 7)
Mayberry Campground, Mount Airy, Pilot Mt. State Park,
Puckett Cabin, Meadows of Dan Campground, Mabry Mill
Mileposts 217 - 176

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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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Below are places seen along the way with links to separate pages, if applicable.
Mile-post Attraction
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Mayberry Campground  
This was a brand new campground that I chose as my home to explore Mount Airy during the southbound portion of the Parkway tour in October, 2007. See link above for separate pages - what a special treat and such great folks!
Mount Airy, NC
I didn't have time to explore Andy Griffith's hometown on the northbound portion of the tour, but was determined not to miss it on the southbound portion. See link above for the inspiration of the ideal small town, Mayberry USA!
Pilot Mountain State Park, NC
This was a fun day trip while I was staying at Mayberry Campground. See link above to separate page.
190
We were fascinated by this tiny rustic cabin where a midwife lived during the last years of her long life. She delivered babies until her death in 1939 at age 102. She never lost a mother or child through her own fault, but none of her own 24 children lived beyond infancy.
178
Meadows of Dan Campground (866) 952-2292
  This was a very nice overnight stay I chose on the northbound portion in July, 2007, in order to be close to Mabry Mill, only a couple of miles away. I wanted to see the mill in the morning when we were fresh and my mom has less trouble walking. After a very friendly greeting, Carlene fixed me up with a nice big pull through and full hookups with 50 amps.
This row of pull throughs is out in the open on a very scenic hilltop. I got the best Direct TV satellite reception ever, but Verizon cell phone and air card reception was not great. I was able to make one call and got online for a few minutes, but then never could connect again. Maybe it was weather related because it did get cloudy, but I'm not sure if that's why.
This section is down the hill and is beautifully wooded with a nice layout and good space between the sites. If not for the Verizon problem, I could see me staying here for a couple of weeks enjoying this campground and things to see around it.
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This was another image I saw a lot of during my research. I read it's the most photographed spot on the Parkway and I can see why.
Beyond the peaceful scene beside the mill itself, there are shady paths and other buildings to explore. Interpreters will explain about the mill, teach you how to prepare wool to spin and you can even see blacksmithing methods.
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