They call me Gort
Try to camp in the Mt Mitchell State Park if at all possible! There are only few campsites there and they fill up fast but a night on the mountain is beautiful because the sites are way up high in elevation. I believe the restaurant in the lodge is open for lunch and dinner.
Be sure to put any food in a duffel bag and hang it on a hook in the rest room building. Bears wander through all of the BRP campgrounds and this one is no different.
I just checked the park website and see that they now have the ability to reserve a site ahead of time. The last time I stayed there it was first come first served and I had to arrive before noon to get a camp site. Here is the NC State Parks reservation number:1-877-7-CAMP-NC (722-6762).
Have fun, I have done the BRP end to end several times and hope to do it again in August on my way to the Boone Rally.
Months of planning...days of packing...6K Service for the GSA...took the kids out for ice cream tonight...mowed the lawn...I'm ready to go. Tomorrow morning I head south to Front Royal and then on to the Skyline / BRP. I can hardly wait! Probably won't even sleep. More to follow as I get some miles under my tires. Thank you all for your inputs and recommendations. I hope to hit a lot of them.