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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Asheville, NC
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Lake Powhatan is a small pond at best

I agree with prior reviewers that the gate attendants are a bit set in their ways. They assigned... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2014
Exeter NH
Lake Powhatan Campground - Nice Campground but Terrible Service

We're from NC and have been to Asheville numerous times. This time we needed a campground to land... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2014
North Carolina
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Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible9%
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

I agree with prior reviewers that the gate attendants are a bit set in their ways. They assigned us a campsite (we needed just a tent site) and we found one we liked better, so they let us switch, but it was early May and...More

4  Thank ExeterNina
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We're from NC and have been to Asheville numerous times. This time we needed a campground to land at and Lake Powhatan looked like it would be a great campground at an even greater location. We made a call to verify that there were spaces...More

6  Thank OurNCFamily
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Very popular with hikers and bikers. Close to Asheville. There are so many trails you'll need to bring a map.

1  Thank Bob B
Reviewed 2 March 2014

If you like to hike, bike or a picnic, this is the place to go. It is beautiful and quiet. Please keep your dogs on a leash or at least avoid them from disturbing other hikers, bikers or trail walkers.

1  Thank wharfsuggestion
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Went there as it was one of the more dog friendly places to hike in the area. had a pleasant stroll with nice views.

1  Thank pgreer
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We come to Lake Powhatan frequently to swim at the lake and mountain bike but this was our first stay in the campground. The sites are very nice. Shady and private. Bathrooms are clean and well cared for. Everyone is so nice and there are...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 13 June 2013

I visited Bent Creek for the first time on my first mountain biking trip with friends and I was impressed. It has an array of difficulties and the paths are great. The scenery, of course, is as good as it gets. It's perfect for all...More

1  Thank Andie C
Reviewed 20 January 2013

This is my weekly "exercise" walk. I can do 6 miles, get some elevation in, and have all the benefits of walking in a forest. If desired, there are further hikes, or lesser. The best "green area" Asheville offers.

2  Thank HikingLover
Reviewed 7 January 2013

This area is so beautiful and diverse it is always great to visit. My main interest is the miles of mountain bike trails from relatively easy to fairly challenging and a lot of variety. There are stream crossings and great single track trails through stands...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 12 December 2012

Great hiking and easy bike trails, free parking, close to town and right next to the Parkway. Nice place to bring the family- small beach hardly larger than a public swimming hole, lots of easy short hikes from the beach. BBQs all over, I love...More

Thank AVLSpaceBunny
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Response from Stephen H | Reviewed this property |
Their web page seems to be down, but you can try the following telephone # (828) 667-5261 .