Asheville, North Carolina

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

Asheville, North Carolina



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

Sites: 98
Recent Rate: $31 6/2015

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

Review Details

Ratings overview

29 Reviews

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Cap'n G

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Clean Restrooms

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TreeWren

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 142
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 7

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: 51
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7

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: 2

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: 1

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: 316
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 3

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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Porkchopfatboy

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $28.00
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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.

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Vickie N Fred

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
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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.

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On the Road again 11

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $20.00
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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.

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svtlek

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Fdwt994

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $29.00
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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.

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User2160

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

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $12.00
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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.

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