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« on: October 22, 2013, 05:07:19 pm »

Gorgeous campground! We stumbled upon Lake Powhatan Recreation Area just outside of Asheville NC. Our site is a large, shaded, almost level, paved pad that easily fits the cruiser and our toad, with gravel pad for the picnic table and fire ring, very nice showers and baths, and full hook ups for $31.00 per night (no additional tax or fees, electric post handles up to 50 amp service). Everything looks new. We are in a National Forest but the campground is run/managed by CFAIA (Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association -  http://www.cfaia.org/campgrounds-recreation-areas/lake-powhatan-campgrounds-in-north-carolina.php). There are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails nearby and several campers are carrying kayaks (we think to use on the nearby French Broad River since the lake here is beautiful but small and does not allow boats). There is a nice sandy swimming beach and a fishing pier on the opposite side of the lake. The lake and streams are stocked with trout and posted signs say no minimum size but limit of 7 per day. We are ten minutes from Asheville and even closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Arboretum. Biltmore is nearby as well as tons of other parks and sites. Very nice. They have a 14 day camping limit which is probably good because we would probably never leave.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 10:22:01 pm »

Thanks for the info!  Asheville has been high on our list for a very long time and it's good to hear about a great park nearby!

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 08:15:42 am »

I forgot to mention that when your GPS says you have arrived... you haven't. Keep driving about 1 mile and there is a can't miss sign for rec area. Another note is John and I are into nature and seldom make use of amenities in a park. Those items I mentioned are about it. The camp hosts sell firewood and ice but there are no extra buildings, game rooms, snack bar, movie rentals, etc. It looks like they run a few activities in the summertime. Also, we have Verizon and can get fairly good signal in about a half dozen of their sites without kicking on our cell phone booster. Our mi-fi is getting 2 bars at 4G. However, they said that some people have no cell service at all in here. We drove around the campground with cell phone and mi-fi in hand checking signal prior to selecting our site since we work from the rig via the internet. And, if you are here during hunting season and plan to hike or bike outside the campground, bring an orange vest. It is better to look dorky than dead. Walmart sells them. We always wear them in/near hunting areas. It seems someone is always hunting something. If you don't do dorky, I saw one female mountain biker in a day-glo pink top. You couldn't miss her flying through the woods but there was no dork factor there.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 10:34:18 am »

good info,,, planning a civil war memorial trip next fall looks like this is close enough  to be included,,,
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2013, 09:29:55 am »

We are doing civil war sites as we go (John is a big civil war buff). Unfortunately, many were closed due to government shutdown but we saw most of what we wanted to see. We cross into Tennessee tomorrow to hit sites over there. I found this website which has been quite helpful www.civilwartraveler.com - note that a lot of "sites" listed are "interpretive signs". We walked for blocks in Winchester and after considerable searching, found a little sign on the side of a building that told us no more than what we read at the visitor center or in the brochures - basically "things happened in this area but you can't see anything anymore because the town was built on it". We didn't bother searching for additional signs. I do recommend you go to the visitor center in Lexington VA. You can park all day (though probably couldn't fit an RV) and they give you a map for a walking tour that takes you to Jackson's house, General Lee's tomb (and Traveler's gravesite), VMI where they have several museums (and where the cadets lead a very good, free tour at noon - not Civil War but good), on to Jackson's grave and back to the visitor center. I doubt you'll be in Maryland in December but the Antietam Illumination is awesome. It takes place the first Saturday in December. A luminary is placed for every casualty (missing, wounded, dead). They are placed on the lawns and fields in a 5x5' grid and lit near sunset. There is a little speech at the Maryland monument then they play echo taps. At dark, cars drive slowly through the battlefield to view the luminaries - VERY sobering. Note that the cars line up hours in advance. The volunteers that set and lit the luminaries go first then the public (our Scout Troop managed one of the corn fields for years.) If you are up there, I highly recommend it. If not, you can see some pics online but you only see bits and pieces, not miles of little lights.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2013, 10:13:41 am »

tks good info,,, I gave the web site a quick look see,, bookmarked so I can look some more later,,,
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2013, 06:45:57 am »

Lake Powhatan campground got permission to stay open through November - just in case anyone is looking for a nice wooded site with full hookups to hang out in near Asheville. The campground manager/host told us as we were pulling out and we seriously considered turning right back around. We are now in Pigeon Ford Tennessee amidst major honky-tonk and miss the peaceful woodland we left.
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