As I was planning my road trip next month, I came across this website and thought I'd solicit everyone's advice. I am planning on taking a circuitous road trip from MI to TX in a couple of weeks before school starts up again. Instead of simply doing the google maps version which would get me there quickly and efficiently, I decided to include a couple of scenic routes along the way. I would appreciate any advice y'all may have on all or part of my (flexible) itinerary.
Day 1) Ann Arbor - Fancy Gap, VA (~513 miles). Find a tent camping spot somewhere near Fancy Gap before I begin the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Any ideas for places that allow car camping near here?
Day 2) Fancy Gap to Asheville, NC along the BRP to Meriwether Lewis campground (near Hohenwald, TN). I was thinking about leaving the BRP around Asheville, but that is completely arbitrary. I'd like to get to TN during this leg of the trip. I expect this will be a long drive since I imagine I'll be stopping at various points along the way. Free camping, yay! (~536 miles via google maps but I don't think it factors in the BRP route).
Day 3) Natchez Trace Parkway. Hohenwald, TN area --> Tupelo --> Jackson, MS along the Parkway. Probably stop either in Jackson or Vicksburg (civil war buff) for the evening, or maybe continue the 30 or so miles to the Rocky Springs free campsite. I am a little ambivalent about this leg because, while I've heard it's beautiful and scenic, I don't know if it merits the additional time it would take me to cut across to get to TN. (under 400 miles depending on where I end up staying).
Day 4) Jackson, MS -- San Antonio. Under 600 miles.
Most of the legs seem manageable, but I can easily tack on another day or two depending on how long I want to stay in the mountains or along the Natchez parkway. I prefer to car camp but, depending on how I feel at the end of the day, I may need to stay in a hotel or two. :)
If anyone has traveled along either parkway, I'd love to hear your insights especially. If I just travel the Fancy Gap, VA -> Asheville, NC route along the BRP, do you think I'll see enough to make this detour worth it? Should I do more of the BRP? Any particular areas you'd recommend?
Anyhow, thanks for reading and any suggestions you may have.