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LAKE POWHATAN, NC

part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Photo: LAKE POWHATAN BEACH AREA
Status: Open through Sun Nov 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Located just minutes from the popular city of Asheville, North Carolina, Lake Powhatan has something for everyone. The campground is convenient to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including art and music venues, shopping and dining in Asheville, scenic driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, numerous hiking trails and lakeside recreation.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a heavily wooded area on the banks of Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The elevation is 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes thickly forested with hardwoods and conifers.

Recreation:

Visitors have a number of different activities to choose from. Kids love the lake's sandy swimming beach and anglers enjoy the calm waters for trout fishing. The French Broad River, popular for fishing, is also nearby.

The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are located near the campground. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend interpretive programs during the summer.

Facilities:

The shaded, private campsites are organized into four loops, all within walking distance of the lake. The facility provides picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills, in addition to restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. A few sites have full hookups. Campers can purchase ice and firewood.

Nearby Attractions:

Among the more popular nearby destinations are Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, an arboretum and the Biltmore Estate.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnicking
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Gift Shop
  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurant
  • Scenic Drive
Know Before You Go
  • Limit 8 people and 2 vehicles per site; $5 daily extra vehicle fee collected upon arrival
  • Gate closes at 10 p.m. and opens at 7 a.m.
  • Swimming area open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • No boats allowed on lake
  • First-come, first-served sites available
  • This campground is managed by the Cradle of Forestry In America Interpretive Association
  • Click here to learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.48167, -82.63
35°28'54"N, 82°37'48"W

From Asheville, take I-26 to exit 33. Go south approximately 2 miles on State Route 191 to the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area sign. Turn right and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LAKE POWHATAN
375 WESLEY BRANCH ROAD
ASHEVILLE  NC  28806

Phone Number:

Information:  (828) 670-5627
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