I enjoyed this park and its proximity to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. My site was spacious and level. I could not make/receive calls on ATT, but I could send/receive texts. I will definitely stay here anytime I am in the area. Bath houses are very nice. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
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Sierra Nevada Brewery is not far away and was a pleasant surprise, great food. The town of Brevard is a good day trip, shops and a nice coffee shop there with delicious carrot and coconut cake.
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
This is a lovely campground. Sites are large and well spaced. Bathrooms are truly wheelchair accessible and immaculate. We found staff to be very accommodating. Not too far from downtown Asheville. Access is via 2.5 mile narrow winding road but no worse than many campgrounds. Only negatives are the lake which is really a pond, and the lack of satellite and internet/cell connectivity--no Sprint and poor Verizon connectivity. Very quiet and peaceful. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
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Must make reservations 3 days in advance, or call on the day the site is needed to check for availability.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $11.00
Chose a no-hookup site, very shady & private. Good Verizon signal. Lots of trails but the weather was stormy so didn't get a chance to explore them. Would definitely return. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $24.00
We were in sites #36 and #38 and we had marginal Verizon phone, and acceptable data with MiFi. No sat TV because of dense trees. These trees also afforded us a lot of privacy These sites were full hook-up and a nice size. There are numerous bike and hiking trails. Some bike trails are double-wide dirt and gravel and intersect the Arboretum's roads. It seems this is also a prime area for single-track mountain biking. The staff are A+. It's just a short drive to Asheville and all of the retail stores. We would stay here again. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
This was one of our most favorite places in all of our travels. It is well maintained and absolutely gorgeous. Interior roads are in very good shape. The campsites are well maintained by the very friendly staff. Restrooms are attended to at least twice a day and are very clean. We were fortunate to have a full hook-up site as there are not too many of them. But all sites are beautiful. Our Internet worked only because we have an antenna booster. Our Verizon phones did not work at our site. We really enjoyed all of the hiking trails and the beauty of the lake. I would go back in a heartbeat! We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $19.00
This is our ideal campground. Outside the city but close enough for convenience. Beautiful natural setting. Sites with or without utilities spaced nicely apart; dark and quiet at night. Clean toilets and showers in the center of each loop but only warm, not hot, shower temps. Staff was unfailingly friendly and helpful. Too bad they have pet rules but aren't allowed to eject violators - only to try to 'educate' them. Four days of barking dogs made it 'only' a 9. I would return here as often as I could. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Saturday, June 22 – Pisgah National Forest, Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, Asheville, NC. This campground is located on the west side of Asheville off of route 191 and near the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are five loops in the park and this time we stayed in the Big John Loop. It was shaded and we did have electricity, but only one of two sites have electric in this loop. Bent Creek Loop across from our loop has about four sites with electric. Hardtimes Loop – no electric and the loop closer to the lake, but you still have a long walk to get to it was the Lakeside Loop. Right now most of Lakeside Loop have water and sewers and hopefully by 2014 all the sites in this loop will be full hookups. The Lakeside Loop has some huge sites for big RV’s. It cost us with electricity $25, but if you have a pass take 50% off and if you reserve add a reservation fee of $9. You can reserve some of the sites in this park and the others first come except this is a very popular park. This park is beautiful and there is so much to see and do in Ashville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. One can bike, hike and swim in Lake Powhatan. Check in was quick and the host was informative about what to see and do in the area. Bath houses were clean and the showers were great! We were headed east and have stayed here before, so it was just a one night stopover for us, but a nice stop on a beautiful day in June. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $17.00
Gravel pads within a nice forest setting. Clean modern toilet/shower combinations in individual units. Peaceful quiet campground with close access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $28.00
Fantastic first come, first serve campground (after October 15). Beautifully treed and spacious spots are relatively level and paved, plus each site offers great fire ring area. Tremendous hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the park. Sites vary from no utilities to full hookups. There is no cell service; no AT&T, Verizon or Sprint voice or data service… We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
We stayed for 14 days. It is difficult to find anything bad about a National Forest. It is quiet with paved roads, 60ft trees surrounding our site, and about 30 yards to my closest neighbor. The volunteers and park hosts were all very friendly and helpful. They recommended places to eat and shop. The bathroom & shower facilities were immaculately clean. All roads were paved and sites were paved; however, all sites had a severe slope making it impossible to level even after we drove up onto 3" ramps. We stayed in one of the few full hook up sites (Site 56). Local conveniences are amazingly close for such a secluded area. Two large grocery stores about 3 miles away. Downtown Asheville about 15 miles away. A wonderful farmers market with fresh vegetables about 5 miles. Things you need to be aware of: 1- Not big rig friendly despite the fact that they do have sites that are long and wide enough. There are low hanging trees on the two mile drive up to the main gate and more low trees after you get into the park. Single lane, one way roads getting to your site. Backing in without brushing up against trees was very difficult. If you are looking for an overnight, this is not the place. However, once you are backed in and set up, it is beautiful. 2- Very poor cell phone coverage. Internet access off our Verizon hot spot was almost useless. 3- It is called "Lake" Powhatan but the lake is really just a large pond. 4- Gates are locked at 10:00 pm. Which wasn't a problem for us but just something to be aware of. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
We selected this place after reading the good reviews and that it has electric hookups, but we were not able to get a site with hookups. Be aware, there are ONLY a FEW sites with ELECTRIC and a few with full hookups. Some sites are reservable, others first come basis. Most sites are level, although on some are on a hill. Restrooms were clean, some bathhouses have individual rooms for showers & toilet. Lake is much smaller than I would have thought for a recreation area. I would hate to see the place full. Most sites are shaded and well spaced apart. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
We arrived at the campground after calling ahead to confirm there were full hookup sites available, but were told we had to wait for up to two days when stopping at the gate. Be very specific with your questions. We were assigned a site with water and sewer but no electric in June. This was annoying to say the least. The next day we were offered a full hook up site which was ok for our 36 footer. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The roads in were a little tight for a big rig with low trees. We will return and recommend this park. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $29.00
Beautiful campground in a perfect location. Asheville, NC is just a few miles away and you are in the middle of numerous cultural and natural attractions yet in a deep, pretty forest. We stayed in one of the few full hook-up sites. Sites were nicely separated with lots of trees and underbrush. There are also many other sites that have water and sewer only (strange no electricity) and primitive sites. We arrived on a Saturday night and although the place was full it was very quiet. There are many, many hiking and biking trails that leave from or are very close to the campground. While there is no camp store, they do sell ice and bundles of firewood on site. AT&T cell service was very weak at best and usually not available. We received approximately a dozen TV stations with our over the air antenna. The restrooms were new (with the exception of one in the "Hardtimes" loop) and while OK, I was not impressed with the cleaning. Although not filthy by any means, they were clearly not thoroughly cleaned daily, particularly the showers in the "Lakeside" loop. Not a huge deal, but I've seen stronger efforts at other campgrounds. One thing I was surprised to see was hand soap in the bathrooms. What a concept! One other minor complaint is the lack of playground equipment for the children. A few hiccups aside, I would strongly recommend this campground, and will not hesitate to stay here again. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $12.00
Excellent park! Very friendly staff. Very private, paved sites with trees all around. Our only complaint is lack of cell phone service and our satellite dish could not pick up any stations due to all of the trees, which was a mixed blessing. If you want to get away from the electronic world this is a great place to do that and yet be very close to the great city of Asheville. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.
This was a very good campground. Clean and well maintained with a lot to do in the area. Staff was friendly. The only two small gripes are the staff asks to see your camping pass each and every time you enter AND leave which is unnecessary since sometimes you are behind a line of people and they do allow you to just pass through. Also, the lake (more like a large pond, which is a good thing), is PACKED with people. A confusing tidbit on this CG is the layout of the site amenities. There are only a few full hookups and they seem random. There are many (some of the best sites) in my opinion, with only water and sewer and no electric. Why water only? This seemed odd to us at best. Otherwise, it is a great place to stay. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.