8.7 Excellent
     
Asheville, North Carolina

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

Asheville, North Carolina



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

Sites: 98
Recent Rate: $22 8/2016

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 no
  • $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 no
  • 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
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,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 no
  • 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

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39 Reviews

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to stay while visiting the Asheville area. We had a site in the only loop that offers full hook-ups. It was asphalt, fairly level and private. Over the air TV was limited and Wi-Fi almost not existent using our smartphone as a hotspot. We were in the area to see Biltmore anyway so it was not that big of a deal. Great value with our COE 'Senior' discount. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you buy your Biltmore tickets at the Visitor Center downtown you save $10.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the second time we've stayed here. The first time was in April in the Big John loop which only has electric at the site. This time we stayed in the Lakeside loop which has full hookups. We had good OTA tv and cell reception in both loops. Satellite would not work well here because of the trees. The restrooms and showers are much better in the Lakeside loop plus just a short walk to the lake. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4ER and 56FR
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and within a short drive to Asheville, NC. Numerous restaurants and shopping nearby. Next door to the Arboretum, Bent Creek Park, and the French Broad River.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice & very clean park where each site is cleaned after each occupant. The sites are spacious and most seemed level. The park provides easy access to Asheville which is a beautiful little city. The negatives experienced were the $9 reservation fee, low hanging branches on the entrance road as well as inside the park and all the workers and host encountered were extremely business like with no smiles or friendliness. They seemed like typical government employees with their "don't other me" attitudes. Despite this, we will return to this park should we travel this area again. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to tour downtown Asheville and enjoy a wonderful dinner experience at Vinnie's Neighbor Italian.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area due to it's proximity to the Biltmore Mansion. It's a 15 minute drive from the campground to the Mansion. The campground is heavily forested. The roadways are paved and hilly. We stayed in the Lakeside loop, site 34A. I was able to back our 40 ft fifth wheel into this site easily. The site was virtually hidden from other sites. It was level and offered full hook-up. There was a giant fire ring, picnic table and lantern hooks. The campground hosts are friendly and helpful. A very nice campground close to shopping and entertainment. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34A Lakeside Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

15 min drive to Biltmore Mansion.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

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

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
site 37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

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

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 11

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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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