I do not have that book (YET), will get it this weekend!
It's one of those things that can pay for itself many times over!
Also check out the NPS web page and the blow-up map at http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm
Have been going over the route plan, and would like a bit more insight (probably in the book).
I will be at park camp grounds most nights.
Where do you suggest to stay between:
- Cherokee and Mt. Pisgah
Check the book. I don't remember any campgrounds on that stretch. There's a few small hotels close the the Parkway off U.S. 23/74, or you could coast down the hill to Waynesville. It's about 25 miles, and about 5,000 feet of climbing, out of Cherokee.
- Doughton Park and Rocky Knob (Mt. Airy?)
There's KOA just north of the I-77 overpass. Nice place, if a bit noisy from interstate traffic, but bring all your supplies -- there's a few small stores over on 52, but nothing else nearby.
- Suggestion in Roanoke?
There's a campground at Roanoke Mountain, but I've never been there. Check da book for more suggestions, lots of hotels/motels nearby if it's time for a shower! (Also check out the transportation museum downtown if you're at all interested in trains.)
- Oronoco Campground around MP 48 off Rt 60 any good?
Don't know, never been there.