8.7 Excellent
     
Asheville, North Carolina

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

Asheville, North Carolina



Asheville, North Carolina
Phone: (828) 667-0391

Sites: 98
Recent Rate: $28 4/2016

Latitude: 35.48167
Longitude: -82.63

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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35 Reviews

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Starxd

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $18.00
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We stayed in Lakeside Loop, which is the area with full hookups (water, sewer, 50/30/20 amp.) These are all paved sites (blacktop) and the drives are blacktop as well. It is a lovely park that is HEAVILY treed with both deciduous and evergreen trees. There is a lake with both fishing and beach. Campground hosts are abundant, there are two in this loop and most other loops have two each. All the staff we dealt with were very helpful. We booked a total of 6 days online in reserved sites, but had to split them 3 and 3 on two neighboring sites. But when we arrived, they were able to give us a walk-up site on which we could stay up to the maximum 14 days. All in all, it's a really nice campground, and if we come back to the Asheville area, we won't hesitate to stay here. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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This campground is very well located as regards area attractions and shopping of all kinds. We surveyed all the sites on our loop for likelihood of satellite acquisition (DirecTV) and found it possible with a portable dish on our site (41) as well as 36A, 38, 42, 44, 46, and 51. There are a limited number of local off-the-air TV channels available, two of which seemed to be affiliated with ABC and CBS.

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RobC

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $28.00
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Large sites in the woods a generous distance from each other. Excellent washrooms & showers. Good access road & fairly level sites. Quiet & dark at night. Great camping experience. Busy. Reservations essential March to October. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Tom & Wendy

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $36.00
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Found this park by accident while searching the web for a place to go for a few nights. This park is run by the North Carolina Dept. of Forestry. The sights are huge. I didn't see a site in the whole park where you would be really close to anyone. There are F/H, 30 and 50 amp sites available. Tent sites as well. This is a very large park. The restrooms are very clean and the showers were great. Nice walking trails here as well. They have a small lake that has been made into a beach that looked really nice. This park is truly a gem. We will definitely be back to stay again. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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twotimes

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
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This park is secluded, yet convenient to Asheville, Hendersonville, and more. The sites are clean, wooded and paved. It is nice and quiet, We thoroughly enjoyed being away yet near all the amenities of Asheville. This facility does not have wifi and is not easily connected to the outside world. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Asheville is a wonderful historic city, as is Hendersonville a nice historic town. Grove Park Inn and the Biltimore estate are beautiful and certainly all deserve a visit. Camping World is near Hendersonville for RV supplies. Several grocery stores are near as is the wonderful Arboretum.

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User3010

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $23.00
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Wonderful park. Most sites are wooded and private. Very convenient to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway! This National Forest has FULL HOOKUPS. The location is great. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Had a wonderful lunch downtown at Creperie. Also a nice dinner at Limones.

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Robert_Gail

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $18.00
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Great campground in a beautiful wooded area with a small lake and beach. There are several loops with a lot of privacy. Not all have hook-ups. The only issue we had with our site was we were near the bathrooms and many people used out site as a shortcut, some asked for permission, some didn't. Personally, I would never do that, but no big deal. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Asheville is near by as well as the NC Arboretum which is a must see. Blue Ridge Pkwy entrance is only a couple miles.

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Cap'n G

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $31.00
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Our site (#55) is one of the few sites that you can specifically reserve and that has full water, electric, and sewer. The blacktop pad was pretty level and long enough to easily fit our 31' RV. The Powhatan Recreation area is in the Pisgah National Forest at roughly 2,100 feet and has tons of shade trees. Due to the elevation, even in June the mornings are cool (in the 60s), but it warmed up into the 80s by the afternoon. There are several bathhouses, and the one behind our site had private bathrooms (toilet, sink, and lockable door) and separate showers (private with lockable doors). Other than some spiders hanging round the ceiling rafters the bathhouse was clean (but in the forest you expect some critters). Campground hosts were friendly and eager to answer any questions. Although it's called "Lake Powhatan" it's really more of a large pond or swimming hole. The beach is sand and is a decent size. Plenty of hiking and biking trails within the Recreation Area. Although Lake Powhatan allows pets the rules state that pets cannot be left unattended in the RV. Overall, Lake Powhatan is fantastic and is exactly the type of campground I love to stay at. The value is outstanding. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

There are no waterfalls in Lake Powhatan, but other waterfalls such as Sliding Rock are a short drive away. Lake DuPont State Forest, which contains 6 waterfalls is about an hour drive. Downtown Asheville is 10 miles away and a fantastic place. For groceries, go to Ingles or Big K-Mart (both of which are just a few miles away).

Go to the visitor's center in downtown Asheville and grab a brewery map which shows the many breweries/brew pubs in Asheville and nearby Brevard. If you plan on seeing water falls at DuPont pack plenty of snacks and water. We hiked roughly 10 miles to see 5 waterfalls within DuPont. Get there early since the available parking fills up fast. Take a day to see the Biltmore.

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TreeWren

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $22.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

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.

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Pktva

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

Must make reservations 3 days in advance, or call on the day the site is needed to check for availability.

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mockturtle

Review Count: 180
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $11.00
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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.

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Kokomo

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $24.00
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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.

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Myrt & Gordy

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $21.00
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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.

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L. Allen

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $19.00
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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.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 325
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 45

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
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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.

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Traveler John

Review Count: 56
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $17.00
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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.

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