Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground

Lake Powhatan

Lake Powhatan

Lake Powhatan is the finest in Asheville camping and is close to where the action is! 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, Davidson River.

Please Note: You may purchase maps and guide books to this area by visiting our on-line store, The Forest Place.

Program at Powhatan

Campers display their journey sticks.

Lake Powhatan Fishing Pier

Great views from the fishing pier.

Things to Do

Recreation Area & Campground Fees


Single Campsite – Maximum Occupancy: 8 persons, 2 cars – $22
Double Campsite – Maximum Occupancy: 16 persons, 4 cars, 4 tents – $44
Additional Vehicles: $5
*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.

Only cash and checks accepted at this facility (ATM available at shopping centers nearby.)

Day Use:

Day Use per person: $2
Day Use annual pass: $30


Electric Only $6/day
Electric, Water & Sewer $9/day
Dump Station (non-registered campers) $10
Dump Station – Tour Buses $50


  • Numerous restaurant choices in Asheville
  • Fast food and restaurants within 3 miles of the campground
  • Asheville Farmer’s Market close by