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Old 08-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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Biltmore Estate, NC Parking? Nearby Campground?

We will be traveling from NJ to Pigeon Forge, TN. We are thinking of leaving a day early to stop at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. We are driving a 43ft motorhome and towing a car. Is there bus/motorhome parking available at the Biltmore? Not for overnight, just to tour it?

Also are there any decent campgrounds close to the Biltmore for a 1 night stay, or even a (safe) Walmart that allows overnight parking?

We are staying in Dandridge TN which is about 1.5 hours away, but I am afraid to go to Biltmore as a day trip from there as it will be a long time to leave the dog in the MH, especially if we hit any traffic.

I appreciate any thoughts or info.
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Visiting the Biltmore is a full day. I do mean a full day. Parking at the Biltmore with a coach is possible but very inconvenient. Consider a local CG. I can not help with that selection.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:50 PM   #3
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Hi,

I would not recommend driving from Daindridge to Biltmore by car as previously stated there is a lot to see. I would not try to drive RV there with toad either.

The campground that sounds the best to me would be Asheville Bear Creek RV Park which is listed in Good Sam Guide and it is close to Biltmore. As far as Walmarts go I doubt that any walmart in Asheville would allow overnight parking but I don't know for sure. There also is Mama Gerties Hideaway campground.

The above info is a guestimate on my part as I live 2 hours away and drive there by car.

When heading for Pigeon Forge from there I would suggest you follow Route 40 to Route 74 (Exit 27) and follow that to exit 74 which is Route 441 and follow that through Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l park and then take the bypass into Pigeon Forge. The campgrounds in Pigeon Forge that i recommend are Waldens Creek, Creekside or Kings Holly Haven.

Good luck and enjoy our mountains.

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Thank you both for your replies. We are staying at Anchor Down and River Plantation. We are looking forward to our trip.
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Hi,

The campground that sounds the best to me would be Asheville Bear Creek RV Park which is listed in Good Sam Guide and it is close to Biltmore. As far as Walmarts go I doubt that any walmart in Asheville would allow overnight parking but I don't know for sure. There also is Mama Gerties Hideaway campground.

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Bear Creek is Very close to both I-40 and I-26. Twisty road up to the campground, but they have drive-through slots. Clean showers, lots of room to walk your dog, nice people.

Closest WalMart to Biltmore is going south on SR25 towards Hendersonville. I don't know their policy about parking.
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When we visited Biltmore, we stayed at Bear Creek also... very convenient to the interstate .
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there is a koa right on I-40 before Ashville exit 38 or so can't remember the # but only 10 or 15 mi.to bilt.
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4pawskingdom.com is a campground for dogs only in Rutherfordton, NC and is about 35 minutes from the Biltmore and about 20 minutes from Lake Lure, where they filmed Dirty Dancing. No worries about leaving the dog for the day, for 5 or 10 dollars they will walk your dog(s). I stay there often with my Corgi. If I know I will be gone for a long time, I leave the key in case anything happens, ig: power loss for the a/c, storms etc. Also, always leave your cell phone number.
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There is a great COE park in Asheville NC called Lake Powhatan. We stayed there for 5 nights and did the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding sites. If you have a golden age passport or a senior pass the park rates are price. The campground does have some full hook-up sites but these are all back-in and cell reception is spotty. For the most part the sites are large and level with fire rings they do have pull thru sites also the park is very highly rated on RV park reviews usually 9 out 10 on the scale.

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I totally recommend mama gerties hideaway campground, especially if you can get any of the higher sites (27-32). I stayed at site 32 and the view is fantastic
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ChrisinNJ,
If you are going from the Biltmore area to Anchor Down, take I26 to I40 west. That is the best way to get to Anchor Down. To get to River Plantation from Anchor Down is a short ride to RT 66 and then RT 66 toward Sevierville. One will need to turn left into River Plantation. After you make the hard right turn on Rt 66, get in the left lane. River Plantation will be just over the hill, on the left.
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If you are going from the Biltmore area to Anchor Down, take I26 to I40 west. That is the best way to get to Anchor Down. To get to River Plantation from Anchor Down is a short ride to RT 66 and then RT 66 toward Sevierville. One will need to turn left into River Plantation. After you make the hard right turn on Rt 66, get in the left lane. River Plantation will be just over the hill, on the left.

Thanks, we are back now and it was a great trip. Anchor down was so beautiful that we ended up cancelling River Plantation and spent 8 nights at Anchor Down instead. I only with Anchor Down was closer to home, I would be there all the time!
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Just returned from Biltmore/Asheville last weekend. We stayed 40 mi away at Mountain Falls RV resort. Very nice but long drive to Biltmore. One hint for Biltmore. Tickets are $59 ea (ouch) but there are a lot of different tours, a grounds tour, a behind the scenes Butler's tour, an architect's tour, visit the winery. You can buy a second day for an extra $10. If you want to see a bunch of neat stuff consider buying the second day. There is extensive biking and walking trails also. The fall colors should be awesome this weekend and next.
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Lake Powhatan is a nice place to stay while in Asheville. Can handle some big rigs and has full hookups for $21.50 with senior pass. Close to the Blueridge and not to far from the Biltmore and great for biking!!
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