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Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground

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Great campground, poor communication

The positive - this is an excellent campground. Probably the best in the entire area. Nicely... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jerry J
Hendersonville, North Carolina
The best

We camped in New York. Pennsylvania West Virginia noth Carolina, Tennessee 2500 km and of the 12... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Brenda T
Port Perry, Canada
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375 Wesley Branch Rd, Asheville, NC 28806-9311
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The positive - this is an excellent campground. Probably the best in the entire area. Nicely spaced sites with vegetation blocking others, very clean, a multitude of hiking and biking trails, beautiful lake (big pond really) and creek, close to many attractions. And, a real...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jerry J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

visited the beach area in August & was very dissatisfied... people weren't obeying the leash rule with pets, parents with kids who were naked playing in the water... just reminded me of a scene out of woodstock & was quite nasty

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We camped in New York. Pennsylvania West Virginia noth Carolina, Tennessee 2500 km and of the 12 campgrounds this one was so the best. So private. In our own wooded area. Couldn't see another campsite. I am hoping to go back down in March for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brenda T
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The campsite and showers were clean. The campground was quiet at night, not a lot of noise. We were close to Asheville and Waynesville which worked out for our weekend activities. The campground staff were very friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tuxtails
Reviewed September 14, 2018

This is a fantastic place to stay if you are looking for somewhere close to Asheville but outside of the City. The sites are all very well maintained and large. The bathrooms were the cleanest bathrooms I've seen - also individual bathrooms which is nice....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cincinnasty
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Clean (flush) restrooms and showers (low Pressure) Quiet and close to the Parkway, Biltmore and Arboreum There is also Swimming and Hicking.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marty H
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Near the city but feels like you are miles away. Good hiking, good camp sites, just be sure to book early, they are frequently full but they also have some sites available for walk up.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is probably the best government owned/operated campground I've ever been to. Scenic area and the sites were spacious and tidy with nice paved pads and gravel around the fire ring and picnic table. We camped in an RV but their tent sites were on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tpweber
Reviewed July 20, 2018

We stayed at Lake Powhaten campgrounds a few nights ago in their primitive camping area for one night. We were assigned a pad site on their Hard Times loop. We had friendly neighbours one of whom lent us his hammer to set up our stakes...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank FaMacch
Reviewed June 25, 2018

I really like all the trails but could do without all the bicycles. I know they need a place to go too but this place is so busy with them that it sometimes gets annoying. Your choice.

Date of experience: October 2017
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May 9, 2018|
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Response from Work2Go | Reviewed this property |
The campground is now run by Pisgah Hospitality Partners instead of The Cradle of Forestry. When we camped there we noticed an improvement. Our motto for camping has always been, "Be respectful of the campground and other... More
Why are the campground "hosts" permitted to be so unwelcoming?! We live in Asheville and we're excited to try this campsite out, so we swung by to scope out the sites. We've been camping all over the US, and have never had such a rude experience with the lady at the gate. She was a senior, and was incredibly rude to both my husband and I. A few days after checking out the campground we were telling our friends who camp all the time that we were thinking of camping there. They warned us that the hosts were absolutely horrible. I came on this site to see what other travelers are saying, and I'm frankly appalled. I know campground hosts are usually retirees, but shame on Lake Powhatan for allowing these bullies to take over for so long. This is a National campground for goodness sake. It belonges to all of us, not just those who've retired. Please fix this!!
August 21, 2017|
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Response from Work2Go | Reviewed this property |
We have experienced both the good and the bad at Lake Powhatan. I guess it depends upon when you stay. A few years ago one of the hosts fixed my car for me! He was awesome. Then, on our last visit one of the hosts had us... More
Chad M
March 24, 2017|
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Response from johnkZ7677HR | Reviewed this property |
When I stayed there they closed the gate but didn't lock it. There are other federal campgrounds in the area as well.