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Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Asheville, NC
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Ranked #57 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Type: Gardens, Forests
Description: Located within the Pisgah National Forest, this 6,300-acre area is home to the North Carolina Arboretum.
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Lexington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

As another reviewer mentioned, we were not permitted to drive through to view/select our site. My husband remarked that campgrounds in KY allow this. The older gentleman chuckled and said they just don't. I wonder what purpose the "reservable" tags at the site serve? At most campgrounds you would drive around, choose your site and bring that to the gate... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were looking for a place to hike near where we were staying in Asheville. This looked like the perfect choice. There was a brochure in our room and some nice little trails were indicated. From the moment we arrived at the gate, we have never felt so unwelcome in any park of any kind. But we were not camping... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

A server in downtown Asheville recommended this hike and we set off on a misty morning to enjoy some time outdoors. The staff member who "greeted" us was unusually rude when we asked for advice on where we should hike. There were two carloads of us and he seemed annoyed that we were trying to pay to enter the park-... More

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Exeter NH
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I agree with prior reviewers that the gate attendants are a bit set in their ways. They assigned us a campsite (we needed just a tent site) and we found one we liked better, so they let us switch, but it was early May and they were not busy. They did make us come back to the gate and redo... More

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North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We're from NC and have been to Asheville numerous times. This time we needed a campground to land at and Lake Powhatan looked like it would be a great campground at an even greater location. We made a call to verify that there were spaces and that we could still get in. When we came in we were verbally assaulted... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very popular with hikers and bikers. Close to Asheville. There are so many trails you'll need to bring a map.

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Raleigh, nc
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

If you like to hike, bike or a picnic, this is the place to go. It is beautiful and quiet. Please keep your dogs on a leash or at least avoid them from disturbing other hikers, bikers or trail walkers.

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pittsburgh, pa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Went there as it was one of the more dog friendly places to hike in the area. had a pleasant stroll with nice views.

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Mars Hill, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We come to Lake Powhatan frequently to swim at the lake and mountain bike but this was our first stay in the campground. The sites are very nice. Shady and private. Bathrooms are clean and well cared for. Everyone is so nice and there are plenty of campground hosts willing to help with anything you need. We will definitely be... More

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Asheville
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I visited Bent Creek for the first time on my first mountain biking trip with friends and I was impressed. It has an array of difficulties and the paths are great. The scenery, of course, is as good as it gets. It's perfect for all people of all ages and experience. Parking and admission is free (the NC Arboretum is... More

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