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Old 06-11-2018, 08:02 PM   #1
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Good camping in Helen GA / Asheville NC area?

Hello!

We just bought a new Airstream, a 30' bunkhouse, after years of sharing my parent's 28' classic, and we're loving it.

We're planning a weeklong trip early October, coming up from FL, and planning to stay at the Top of GA park for a few days, and then go over to Asheville area and camp over there some too. We've stayed at the Top a few times before and are familiar with the Helen area. We've not stuck on Asheville, but we'll have about 10 days of camping total. We love to hike, but have two 4 year olds, and a 7mo old. Mostly we just want pretty scenery.

Any suggestions?

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Old 06-11-2018, 09:16 PM   #2
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Agree, TOG is a great place to stay while in Helen. They are open and running after the repairs from a tornado. Please don’t let that stop you from going. It’s a great place. There are 2 KOA campgrounds near Asheville. The one on the east side isn’t bad at all.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:05 PM   #3
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I like Lake Powhatan national forest campground right outside Asheville. Also, consider staying at Vogel State Park in Georgia. My kids loved swimming in the small cold lake there and finding rocks.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:22 PM   #4
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Good camping in Helen GA / Asheville NC area?

If you feel like some dry camping all the campgrounds on the BRP are excellent. Our fav. Is Linville Falls, but Mount Pigsah is terrific at 5000 feet. If you want hookups Henderson River CG near Brevard is excellent. They stock the stream with Rainbow trout. You wonít go wrong with Lake Powhatan either plus it is at the foot of the mountain and has full hookups. Close to NC Arboretum.
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Just my opinion, but you could have some problems taking a 30' trailer into Mt. Pisgah Campground. Most of the sites are small and not level. I have had trouble getting my 25' in there.

We have stayed at Bear Creek Campground in Asheville. It has full hookups, but the scenery is not so good unless you back to the rail fence and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's fairly convenient to Asheville and all the things to be done there.

We have reservations near Boone at Flintlock Campground for June 24th.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:59 PM   #6
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Personally love the KOA by Travelers Rest. Clean and by a nice stream.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:20 AM   #7
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I agree that Vogel State Park is a great choice near Helen, GA. Be aware that they do get bears there - particularly near the sites at the top of the hill.

Near Ashville I would recommend Mama Gertie's (http://www.mamagerties.com/). They have some nice (albeit close) pull throughs at the tip of the hill. The bathhouse is one of the nicest we're ever had. A little pricey but close to everything.
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If you're into hiking, DON'T stay at Mama Gerties. It's windy road and on top of a mountain. They have to have a small pet area just to walk your dog. I suggest staying at Davidson River Campground, just inside Pisgah National Forest, a couple of minutes from Brevard. It's also about 17 miles to Asheville. There are tons of hiking trails (since that was your interests in your original post) ...... a nice trail meanders along the Davidson river. Enjoy!!
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We stayed a week in Asheville last season. We tried to get into Mama Gertie's but could not so we opted to stay at Lake Powhatan. Best thing we ever did! It is very easy to get to, close to all the attractions, clean, nice spacious camp sites, nice clean restroom/shower facilities and a very nice staff. It is adjacent to the State Arboretum which is beautiful. There are bike trails from the camp ground to the Arboretum which makes for a fun day outing. There are limited electric and full hook-up sites so you have to make a reservation. They do keep some full hook-up sites as first come first serve and will put you on a waiting list if you are willing to move during your stay. When we first arrived we were put in a beautiful non-electric site and offered a full hook-up site two days into our 6 day stay. we loved our site so much we elected to just stay put. It turned out with the solar we were able to top off the batteries daily and had no issues with water or holding tanks (showers and restrooms were very close by). I would give Lake Powhatan consideration as an option.
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Hereís a two-for-one response. As a great place to stay in Asheville, consider campfire lodgings. We loved it. And as a great resource for campgrounds, from dispersed to full facilities, download the campendium app and consider posting your own reviews to help that community. Good luck. .

https://www.campendium.com/campfire-lodgings
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Just my opinion, but you could have some problems taking a 30' trailer into Mt. Pisgah Campground. Most of the sites are small and not level. I have had trouble getting my 25' in there.

We have stayed at Bear Creek Campground in Asheville. It has full hookups, but the scenery is not so good unless you back to the rail fence and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's fairly convenient to Asheville and all the things to be done there.

We have reservations near Boone at Flintlock Campground for June 24th.
FYI, no campfires at Bear Creek and it is sandwiched between two major highways, noisy.
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We just stayed a couple of nights at Tallulah Gorge State Park - near Helen - on our way to Asheville. Highly recommend - very nice VC, great scenery, hiking, and swimming. We had a bad experience with Campfire Lodgings - told us we had to leave and come back when site was ready within an hour - switched to Bear Creek - good location for seeing Asheville, but as others have said - tight sites. We also liked Lake Powhatan. Some sites have a steep incline at the drive - so might not be the best for backing into - but beautiful area.
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If you donít mind being 20 minutes south of Asheville, definitely check out Lakewood RV Resort in Flat Rock (near Hendersonville). It is right off I-26 but very quiet. Very reasonable rates, friendly and well maintained.
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we have stayed at Campfire Lodgings for many years. It is one of our favorite campgrounds. Privately owned and very well maintained. The premium sites have spectacular views of the Pisgah Mountains and the French Broad River. They do not allow you to check in early because the road up the mountain is narrow in places that will not allow two rigs to pass and could be dangerous. They are usually booked so make reservations.
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