Glamping at Lake Powhatan means you’ve got Tent-to-Trail access. The Bent Creek trail system is one of the region’s top spots for mountain bikers of any ability. Beginners and families with small children will find as much joy as a technically trained rider. The variety of trails, from wide and flat to steep and challenging, is abundant. For a thorough description of the area and directions to the trailheads visit this site dedicated to mountain biking in Western North Carolina. For some great safety tips and information about how to protect the environment as your ride, visit Pisgah Hospitality Partners.
Round out your glamping experience with some quiet time fishing lakeside. Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout are all stocked here, so you can expect a catch! Fishing season extends from the first Saturday in April to the last day in February. Since you’re in the national forest, a fishing license is required and very easy to come by. Just visit a local outdoor retailer or click the link below in advance of your glamping trip. There’s a 7-fish limit each day and no size regulations, so set your goals high! For more information about fishing and helpful resources, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Swimming, Kayaking & Boat Rentals at Lake Powhatan
Everyone loves a day at the lake! Just a short walk from your glampsite, Lake Powhatan is tucked into the surrounding mountains with a beautiful beach perfect for a barefoot stroll—or bring your beach blanket, and watch the kids have a blast swimming. Life guards are on duty every weekend Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Boat rentals are available on-site while lifeguards are on duty. Single kayaks are $15 per hour and tandem are $20 per hour. The rental includes a life jacket (fitted by the lifeguard) and a paddle. Personal boats/watercraft are not permitted at Lake Powhatan.
Take a short morning stroll, or plan for a day-long excursion. Either way, you couldn’t be closer to a huge selection of hikes. For a quick and easy family trail, try Deerfield Loop or Pine Tree Loop. The Hard Times Loop Trail is a little longer (about 2 to 3 hours) but it’s known for beautiful views and a peek at the Biltmore House from a distance. Longer and more difficult trails can be found on the north side of Bent Creek Gap Road. If you’d rather head off site for the day, the Blue Ridge Parkway is around the corner and offers an endless number of hikes for all abilities. Some favorites are Pisgah Mountain, Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam and Craggy Pinnacle. Find descriptions and directions to all of these at RomanticAsheville.com. And don’t forget that Glamping at Lake Powhatan is next door to the North Carolina Arboretum—hikes here are surrounded by 65 acres of cultivated gardens and seasonal landscape exhibits—so gorgeous!
Glamping at Lake Powhatan is a little oasis in the forest, but it’s close enough to downtown Asheville for anyone who wants to experience the best of both worlds.
Some of the best restaurants and breweries in the country are located just 10 minutes from your glampsite, not to mention the streets lined with art galleries, boutique shopping, and concert venues of all sizes. Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina—it has around 89,000 city residents plus 253,000 residents in the surrounding county. Basically, it has a small town mountain vibe but with big-city fun.
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