Asheville, NC/Blue Ridge Parkway

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday, June 22 - We left in the morning and headed east on interstate 40 through the  Cherokee National Forest, Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Mountains to Asheville, NC.  It is a beautiful drive up, down, curving to the right and left through tunnels, over bridges with rivers all flowing to the south.

  We were just in Asheville three years ago, when we toured the Biltmore and other sights but we still hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway for ten miles to visit the Folk Art Center again.  This is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild which exhibits traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region and sponsors educational demonstrations and programs.  The center houses the century old Allanstand Craft shop, which is one of the nation's top craft retailers and carries the work of Guild artisans.  As usual, it did not disappoint with some beautiful, unique crafts.

   We had to eat at Ryan’s buffet which we really like near our park then headed to Lake Powhatan Recreation Area where we stayed the night after taking a few hikes. 

Saturday, June 22 – Pisgah National Forest, Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, Asheville, NC

      This campground is located on the west side of Asheville off of route 191 and near the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are five loops in the park and this time we stayed in the Big John Loop, which was shaded and we did have electricity but only one of two sites have electric in this loop.  Bent Creek Loop across from our loop has about four sites with electric,  Hardtimes Loop – no electric and the loop closer to the lake but you still have a long walk to get to it was the Lakeside Loop.  Right now most of Lakeside Loop have water and sewers and hopefully by 2014 all the sites in this loop will be full hookups.  The Lakeside Loop has some huge sites for big RV’s.  It cost us with electricity $25 but if you have a pass take 50% off and if you reserve add a reservation fee of $9.  You can reserve some of the sites in this park and the others first come except this is a very popular park.  This park is beautiful and there is so much to see and do in Ashville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  One can bike, hike and swim in Lake Powhatan.  Check in was quick and the host was informative about what to see and do in the area.  Bath houses were clean and the showers were great!  We were headed east and have stayed here before, so it was just a one night stopover for us but a nice stop on a beautiful day in June.
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Linda on

I just love this part of this country! You'll have to tell me about the crafts--

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