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Old 02-11-2016, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hi all. We are going to be travelling through Asheville, North Carolina mid April and looking for suggestions on where to camp the RV as well as things to see and do in the area. I know the obvious drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but any other recommendations on what to see do and where to eat would be welcomed.
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We like campfirelodging as a campground. Great people, and good sites. Biltmore estate is always a good way to spend some time, taste some wine. You could take the toad on a day trip to Cherokee for some casino action.
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We have heard that Mamma Gertie's is a good campground though we have never stayed there. (Live in Asheville, so it is a little too close to home.) There are many good places to eat all over down town and in Biltmore Village. I would highly recommend visiting the Biltmore Estate. The grounds are beautiful in the spring. There are also good restaurants and the winery on the estate. Spend some time in downtown Asheville also. Lots of eclectic folks and buskers around that time of year. The river arts district is also nice to visit. There are also 20 or 30 really good craft breweries in Asheville as well as Sierra Nevada. Hopefully, New Belgium brewery will be online by then also. Many other things to do and see. Check with the visitors bureau at the Chamber of Commerce on Montford Ave. for more info.
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Hi FrankAN,
In addition to what has been posted, consider:
Asheville Bear Creek RV Park & Campground | Asheville North Carolina RV Camping and chalet rental.
Swannanoa, North Carolina Campground | Asheville East KOA
Candler, North Carolina Campground | Asheville West KOA
RV Park & Campground

Things to do if mobility is not a problem:
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN : Wonders Never Cease | Towering almost 6,000 feet above Northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain presents guests with opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure for g
Chimney Rock Park | North Carolina mountain hiking trails with incredible views
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we stayed at the Nashville bear creek campground. has a camp store, pool

clean quiet. i would stay there again..


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We are staying at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area (recreation.gov) With our senior pass it is only $11 per night. We prefer state parks and USFS campgrounds when it works.

Things to do in the area:
Biltmore
Oak Park Inn

Zebulun Vance Birthplace
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Blue Ridge Parkway South to Great Smoky Mtn
Mountain Farm Museum
Cradle of Forestry, Brevard
Appalachian Cultural Museum, Boone
Grove Arcade City Market
WNC Farmers Market
Last time we drove down to Cherokee reservation and saw drama on Trail of Tears - very moving.

Nearby is Billy Graham Center.

Nice area to visit. In the days before air conditioning it was where the coastal people came to cool off.
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We used Taps CG right in Asheville - not fancy but perfectly functional and less pricey! ST
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We liked Rutledge Lake RV Resort in Fletcher NC. Nice park and have some large sites as well. Near the Ashville airport but that is not noticeable. We travel in a 43 ft MH with a Lab who loved the lake. Friendly people!

Visit Bee Cave and Chimney Rock SP. Ashville Tourists are a minor league baseball team with a wonderful ballpark downtown. Drive the Blue Ridge by toad or pickup, NOT with your rig. Biltmore of course, and an eclectic downtown area.
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X2 on Rutledge Lake

We also liked Rutledge Lake. A small park tucked in just south of the Asheville metro area. My grandkids especially liked that when we turned onto the road to the park we had to turn between the IHOP and the Sonic. Many restaurants in the area. Wal-Mart just up the road. Camping World just south on the interstate. Yet the park is pretty sheltered and when we last were there (two years ago) it was pretty well maintained, with paddle boats in the fishing lake.

Not many pull through sites. Most are back in.

Asheville is an interesting city with some artsy types as well as Biltmore and the Grove Park Inn. Not in the higher peaks of the blue ridge so not as challenging in the winter and not as cool in the summer. Served by both I-26 and I-40.
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We stayed at Bear Creek - see the pic out the window below when I pulled in 'backwards' (tight fit, but worth the view!)

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We've stayed in Ashville once, at Campfire Lodgings.
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We enjoyed wandering thru the Grove Park Inn
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