Lake Powhatan is the finest in Asheville camping and is close to all the action of downtown! Located only 10 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, this is the perfect spot to base your vacation. The campground borders the 6,000-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a haven for mountain bikers, and is close to the French Broad River. The swimming lake and beach will give you a way to cool off in the heat of the summer, and for those who like to be out-and-about, the NC Arboretum and Blue Ridge Parkway are only a few miles from the entrance to the campground.  Looking for camping in Asheville, NC?  Nearby campgrounds in the area include North Mills River and Davidson River.

In-Season Facilities

  • April 1st - October 31st

  • Gate hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (no walk-ins are allowed after 8:00 pm).

  • Check-in starts at 2pm

  • Full hook-ups on Lakeside Loop - sites 36-56

  • 12 Glamping sites available

  • Weekend Family programs Memorial Day - Labor Day

  • 97 mostly shaded sites

  • Limited electric hook-ups

  • Picnic tables, tent pads and fire rings

  • Hot showers and flush toilets in bathrooms

  • Firewood and ice available for purchase

  • Beach and swimming lake with lifeguard. No canoes, kayaks or SUPS. Lifeguards are on duty weekends only Memorial Day to Labor Day.

  • Day-use passes available for purchase

Day Use Info

  • Day Use per person: $4 (April 1 - October 31)

  • Day Use Season Pass: $30 available for purchase at the gatehouse

NOTE: Lake Powhatan is located in black bear territory. Visitors are expected to keep all smellable items locked away inside a camper or vehicle. Visitors who do not comply with this rule may be asked to vacate the facility due to an increased risk of public safety.

Safety in bear country begins before you stay in the campground or hit the trail.  Here are a few tips!

Walk-Up Site Information

We highly recomend making reservations.
Reservations can be made by visiting

Walk-up sites are available on a first come first serve basis when the Gatehouse opens at 8am (keep in mind you may not have access to your site until 2pm). You can call the Gatehouse at (828) 870-5627 to inquire about available sites, however, you need to be present at the campground to claim your site.

Camping Fees

  • Single Campsite: $22 (Maximum Occupancy: 8 persons, 2 cars)

    • w/ Electric Hookup: +$6.00/day

    • w/ Full Hookup: +$9.00/day

  • Double Campsite: $44 (Maximum Occupancy: 16 persons, 4 cars, 4 tents)

    • w/ Full Hookup: +$9.00/day

Additional Facility Fees:

  • 3rd Vehicle: $5.00/day (park in overflow)

  • Dump Station: $10 (non-registered campers)

  • Tour Buses Dump Station: $50

  • Firewood: $6

  • Ice: $3

  • Fire Starter: $1

*Federal Interagency Senior/Access discounts only apply to single standard site rate. Does not apply to any other items or services. Card holder must be present on site to use discount.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at this facility.


Things to Do

  • Schedule a private hiking or waterfall tour with the Pisgah Field School
  • NC Arboretum
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Tubing on the French Broad River
  • Visit unique Asheville, NC
  • Mountain Biking on Bent Creek Trails

Contact Information

Call:  1-877-444-6777 

375 Wesley Branch Road
Asheville, NC 28806

GPS: N35.48773  W82.62966

Elevation: 2,100 feet