Glamping Makes the Scene in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest

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Nestled in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest among the hardwoods and conifers of Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, a deluxe glamping site has been thoughtfully designed for your mountain adventure. Only 10 minutes from the excitement of downtown Asheville these all-inclusive glamping sites allow you to experience nature and outdoor recreation while still enjoying the comforts of home. Pisgah Glamping sets the stage alongside the 6,000-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest and trail system, Asheville’s top destination for hiking and biking. The custom designed, fully furnished canvas platform tents are outfitted with cozy queen bedding, a fold-away cot, coffee maker, cooler, charging station, and more; and they provide tent-to-trail access! Toss in the convenience and fun culture of downtown Asheville and you’ve got the best of everything.

You can make reservations for this location on Recreation.gov in a search for Lake Powhatan Glamping within the National Forests of North Carolina.

Asheville area visitors find comfort and convenience in outdoor recreation

National Geographic Traveler calls Asheville one of the “Best U.S. small cities for 2018 & Top 10 Music Cities in the U.S.” Now imagine yourself comfortably reclined in the forest just minutes away from the nightlife, culture, breweries and shopping of downtown. For families wanting it all, Pisgah Glamping at Lake Powhatan is a must-visit mountain oasis.

Situated in the Appalachian Mountains (some of the world’s oldest mountains, and the highest in the Eastern U.S.), you’ll have a diverse, high-quality portfolio of recreational opportunities literally at the doorstep of your glampsite.

Maybe your group has a mix of adventure lovers as well as those who prefer a more relaxing, retreat-style getaway. The setting at Pisgah Glamping accommodates both. With grocery stores, farmers markets and renowned restaurants nearby, glampers can drive right up to the tent with a delicious 5-star meal. Dine on the covered front porch under the stars, or cook a fresh locally sourced meal followed by S’mores on the large fire ring and grill. Exterior lighting means you don’t have to fumble around for your supplies or pack them away early. A chilled cooler keeps beverages (and leftovers!) cold, and your own picnic table makes the setting complete, whether it’s romantically set for two or loaded up for the whole family. End the night in peace and comfort, protected from the elements with a cool mountain breeze whispering through the windows. Pisgah Glamping is intentionally designed to give guests everything they need for an all-encompassing visit to western North Carolina.

Hiking in the Pisgah National Forest

Hiking in the Pisgah National Forest (Nathan Farber, Share the Experience)

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground is an absolute haven for mountain bikers—its massive trail system provides options for all ages and abilities. Other on-site adventures include miles of hiking trails, fishing for trout, swimming in Lake Powhatan, kayak rentals (tandem or single), and relaxing by the beach. Lifeguards are on duty every weekend Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Educational programming is offered on site with topics tailored for all ages: live animal programs, arts and crafts, as well as natural and cultural history. A favorite program for kids is called “Skull Quiz” where they learn to identify mammals based the characteristics of their skulls.

Minutes away, you can wade in the French Broad River, said to be the third oldest river in the world, or visit The North Carolina Arboretum, The Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway, a few of the southeast’s hottest tourist destinations. A little farther down the road (just 45 minutes) is Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural mountain waterslide ending in an 8-foot splashy pool. Eager sliders wait the long line to cool off in the heat of summer—it’s kid heaven.

With glamping, you’ll sleep soundly and wake up energized to take on the greatest outdoor adventure plus the city, all in one stay!

For trail maps, things to do in the area, and other ideas to expand on your itinerary, visit Pisgah Glamping.

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