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.

Winter Camping

RV CAMPER NOTICE: The fresh water fill station at Lake Powhatan has been closed for the winter season to prevent damage due to freezing. It is recommended that you fill your RV water tanks prior to arrival. Water is still available on Full Hookup Sites and at hydrants/spigots located throughout the facility. Filling of RV water tanks from these hydrants is strictly prohibited.

Lake Powhatan is operating under winter hours and policies from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The gatehouse is closed. Refer to the instructions below (also posted at the gatehouse) for walk-in camping fees. If you have a reservation, please retrieve a check-in packet from the gatehouse and then proceed to your campsite. A campground host will come by to check-in with you.  To contact winter staff directly, email

 Winter Fee Payment Instructions:

1) Occupy your campsite, note the number, and return to the gatehouse within 30 minutes. A “Reserved” sign will be displayed on the campsite post if another party has already reserved the site.

2) Fill out the envelope, and enclose the fee.

3) Detach the stub from the envelope, and display it on your dashboard or the campsite post.

4) Deposit the envelope in the fee tube.

5) Enjoy your stay, and thank you for visiting your National Forest.

Winter Facilities

  • Gatehouse closed

  • 37 sites available in Lakeside and Big John loops

  • Picnic tables, tent pads and fire rings

  • Hot showers and flush toilets in bathrooms

  • Firewood and ice available for purchase

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).

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

  • 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: $2 (April 1 - October 31)

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

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

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

*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