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Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

Asheville, North Carolina


375 Wesley Branch Rd
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
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Sites: 98
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.48167
Longitude: -82.63000

Elevation: 2256' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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66 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Narrow road to get to the park, but it is doable. What a gem of a park. We were there early in the week so I'm not sure what the weekends are like. Gated at night, friendly hosts and a clean park. The sites seem well spread out and are a mix of dry to full hookups. We had power only. Very quit at night and just in general. Hiking trails everywhere. Close to everything including the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville is only about 10-20 min away. We've already decided we are coming back next year. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
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
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is a lot to do in the surrounding area, just make sure to give yourself the time. Hiking, biking, BRP, breweries\cider, Biltmore, ect...

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Enjoyed our stay. No Verizon in our loop at least not with a Samsung Galaxy 8 or 9. We did get service briefly between Bent Creek loop & Big John loop. We had a young bear visit our site on two different days eating berries off of bushes. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
55 Lake Side Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway. Moose Cafe next to the Farmers Market serves good local food at good prices.

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Review Count: 488
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 143

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is located off of 191 in Asheville in the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area. It is near restaurants, shopping mall etc. The turn in for the campground is right next to the drive up for the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is also easy to get on the interstates and to head over to the Biltmore Estate from the campground. The campground has 97 sites located in four big loops. some with electric, a beach, swimming, boating, biking and hiking trails. Our site 53 had full hookups in the Lakeside Loop. It is not lakeside just the closet loop to the lake but it is still a hike down and hike up to get there. Enjoyable hike with little bridges crossing over the running water. The Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge is a short ride away and we always enjoy visiting it. The campground is in a wooded area and located in Asheville right on Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains of western NC. In the area there are mountains, waterfalls, beautiful views and the must see Biltmore Estate. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53 Lakeside
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful and private sites spread through the forest. Very quiet and peaceful place level sites. We will be back, highly recommend! We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estates.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This park is convenient to downtown Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Breweries (especially Sierra Nevada) and all Asheville has to offer. It is secluded, has great hiking, some fishing & a friendly staff. We stayed on Site #1 on the Big John loop. It WAS NOT PRIVATE. The campground host’s RV was about 25’ from our awning and the site behind us was about 25’ behind us. The showers were heavily used but relatively clean. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Breweries, Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking, fishing.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a gem. Clean restrooms, warm showers, and quiet private sites. No wifi available and I did not have a cell signal most of the time in the campground. Friendly, helpful staff, and they keep a watchful eye on the campground. They make regular rounds through each loop every day. Hiking and mountain biking nearby- Near the blue ridge parkway. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

The roads are narrow and winding into the park with a few low limbs scraping the coach. Easy check-in. Very private spots with dense trees cover making any TV reception impossible. Our site was long and very spacious. We needed to use blocks to get our rig level. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and nice although there were just 2 of each for the loop so sometimes there was a short wait. Our site had full hook-ups so we just used our own facilities. Some of the sites appeared to be smaller, tighter and not as level as ours. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36A
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice area. Our site , #57 quite large. So wooded could not get complete satellite signal but OK. Was scheduled for site #5 but was upgraded at no charge because camper was unable to leave as scheduled due to vehicle problems. Told at check in that there had been recent bear sightings so told not to leave food out. Beautiful park. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed our stay @ Lake Powhatan. Very green & lush, lovely lake w new pier, relative privacy, dog friendly, quiet & peaceful. The stay gave us access to wonderful Asheville & surrounds. Will return. Couldn't have enjoyed it more. Tip: if you think you may want to extend your stay, reserve longer rather than try to add days @ last minute. Day after reservation stays are "first come first served" as well as booked off site. Even if camp hosts want to accommodate you, they can't. Just book extra if you might need/want more time. Thanks. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful wooded park. The amenities lean toward tent camping, as they should. Large RVs are accommodated but not catered to. Well maintained and convenient to all that is Asheville. There are many trails and opportunities for woodland adventures. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Level roads and large, level campsites. Easy to get in. Plenty of water spigots to fill your holding tanks (we camped at a site with no hookups). The campground is very well maintained. Staff was out cleaning up almost immediately after campers left, including raking the gravel. Lots to do within the park, and it's close to Asheville as well. Lots of mountain bikers and nearby trailheads. We stayed for 3 nights and will definitely be back. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60 Hard times loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a National Forest and the area is beautiful but the roads are very hilly, narrow, winding! Make sure your vehicle is up to taking on these steep roads. We made it with our pickup and 32 ft travel trailer, you just have to go slow & easy. Backing into our site, #44, was a little tough with posts etc in the way, but we finally got it. The site was asphalt & fairly level. The park hosts/rangers make rounds alot. Sewer connection was all the way in the back so we had to go buy an extension (since our sewer outlet is located mid-camper, not at the back). No cable or internet; AT&T was pretty non-existent the 1st day but got a little better. TV stations were only a few local w/antenna & they break-up sometimes. Our site backed up to the woods which was really nice; had many hiking paths. There's lots of room between sites and trees all around. Cost is usually:$22 per night, then an additional $9.oo per day for full hook-ups for a total of $31.00 per night. We used our National Park Senior pass so we got a discount of $11.00 per day. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Biltmore estate is a must-see (20-30 min drive). If you like breweries, Asheville is full of them as well as lots of nice restaurants. Parking around the action (where all the breweries & restaurants are) can be challenging. We did a City Comedy tour with LaZoom which was a fun way to learn about the city.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

The utilities weee placed well and worked as expected. The site was plenty long enough for our 35' and we had room for the car on the drive. The dolly was beside the RV. There is a nice table and fire pit on site. Our site needed boards under our front wheels to help level without causing the front tires to be off the ground. It's very quiet and relatively private. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
56
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Spent the weekend here in order to be close to Biltmore and Asheville. Beautiful park with very friendly, helpful staff. Sites are spacious and wooded. Some could be tight for large rigs, but our 28' Airstream fit just fine. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return again! We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful, heavily forested campground in the Pisgah National Forest. We stayed in site 36 which was a long, fairly level site but a bit of a challenge to back into due to trees and posts surrounding the water hydrant. Our site was FHU with excellent water pressure. Verizon signal was mostly non-existent within the campground. The Hardtimes Loop and Bent Creek Loop where closed while we were there, so I could not rate the sites. The Lakeside Loop sites (where we were) were all asphalt with a fire ring and concrete picnic table. In my opinion, site 36A (right next to us) was the best site in this loop, having the most privacy and the easiest site to back into and get out of. A few other sites in this loop are more difficult to get out of due to the posts surrounding the water hydrants (one camper had to dig one of the posts up to get out of his site). Big John Loop sites were all gravel, but smaller, and many sites were very unlevel so I wouldn't recommend this loop for larger rigs (although there were one or two in there). There are low hanging branches on the road leading into (and within) the park, one of which took out our antenna on the way in. Also, the road coming into the park is narrow and has two blind curves on it, so take it slow. There are miles of fantastic hiking and biking trails in and around the park, along with a beach/swimming area (closed while we were there) and a long fishing pier complete with rod holders. Restroom/shower area was spotlessly clean, but there are only two toilets/showers for each loop. Dump station is at the back of the park and looks to be easy in/out (although we didn't use it). There is no campsite store onsite, but they do sell ice and firewood. We were able to get a few OTA channels (even with our broken antenna). Workers were nice and helpful, and cleaned sites thoroughly almost immediately after someone left. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Ingles grocery store is less than four miles away. We were able to get propane from Tractor Supply nearby. This campground is in a great location for exploring waterfalls and the Biltmore Estate (which gives a 10% military/veteran discount off of everything including admission and purchases). If you go, get the audio guide as it's well worth the extra $10.

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