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French Broad River Campground
Reviewed August 10, 2010

RV spots 10' from the river...beautiful view....great place to swim & sit with chair in water....tube from your campsite down 1 mile to a park (where you can leave return vehicle) but be careful...rapids can be Class 2 and very rocky...must wear shoes; Asheville is literally 10 min. drive downtown; not suilable for big RV's over 30'...steep entrance and tight turn; full hook up and CATV; only issue was RUDE host/owners....we paid deposit with credit card but as soon as we stepped outside the next AM the guy was demanding we "go to the Office to pay".....my folks came to visit/eat lunch but had to pay to park...lady (owner/Mgr?) was a jerk....."All guests must register and pay"; other than their attitude & the campground buildings/bathhouse being run down/old, the place is OK

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank Chadwickiop
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

If you are in a camper or RV - be prepared to do some fancy backing to get in your space. Very tight. Saying the sites are spacious are a joke. Maybe the tent sites further down the road are, I didn't check. Granted the spots have concrete slabs that are level which is on the plus side. Campground is peaceful. (the train does come thru in the middle of the night though) Had a great time. Bathrooms need to be repainted and fixed up a little. Spider webs everywhere- walls looked nasty.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank outdoorsman49000
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

We stayed at the "Log Cabin" authenitic as it was built in 1940. One nice bedroom, and matching sized room w/futon, Fullsized Fridge and stove, single sink and microwave, w/tv. Smal Bath w/shower , common fireplace/chimney in the middle. Yes, not as clean as a hotel, the previous users are responsible for leaving it clean too... The porch was great for viewing the river, hanging out, even when raining. The teenagers weren't too impressed, but are they ever? If all you do is text and watch tv, how fancy does it need to be? My husband and I absolutely loved it for it's rustic ambience, enjoyed hearing the train in the distance, and had a pleasant visit w/Rick who lives and works at campground. He can also make suggestions on good trout fishing spots etc and entertained by his dog Norman. The boys did enjoy a day of tubing&fishing, before we went on other adventures w/in 30 min drive-rafting, ziplining, the Biltmore. Finally, nothing better than sitting on a beach chair in the river, watching ducks, others wi/their dogs wading, reading.... Heaven!! I'm not into tent camping and sharing shower facilities, so the cabin was perfect for us. We arrived late also, but no complaints from owner, they simply met us after arrival, and showed us our cabin. No Complaints here, if you want it cleaner, bring supplies or go to a hotel ... we will come back, it was a pleasant stay for us.... to enjoy the outdoors and relax, this is the place to be. THANKS!!

Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
3  Thank NCfan58
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

This campground was exactly what we were looking for. We stayed in the Cedar Cabin (which, yes, is tiny) with four people and had plenty of space. That's because you really are just sleeping in the cabin, right? We hung out on our cute screened in porch that is just feet away from a very nice shallow portion of the French Broad River. It's also literally 10 minutes from downtown (the road the campground is on takes you directly to Lexington and all the cool shops, no turns needed :) Our neighbors live there in their camper year-round and were awesome. The owner delivered our campfire wood to our cabin when we forgot to get in on our way into town for the day and was always there for anything we needed. Even the cabin came with practically everything we needed (bring your own sheets and towels and you're set). I plan on going back in a couple of months again and will definitely stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank hoags75
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

We loved our stay. So relaxing to sit your lawn chair in the water and just enjoy the cool flowing water on a hot July afternoon. While we only stayed one night, we were pleasantly surprised at the site for the money. Camped on Site 3. WiFi worked perfectly. Bathrooms were adequate. We are van campers so our site was more than large enough. All the campers around us were polite and friendly. Yes, there are trains...but we live in a railroad town so I never heard but one. Kinda wish our train crazy grandson had been with us...he would have loved watching it across the river. The price was great...29.00 for a site with electric and water and a 4.00 AAA discount on top of that. A young couple across from us in the cabin seemed pleased. Reminded me of a Hansel and Gretel cottage. Stone walls with moss covered roof. Didn't go inside. They did mention the TV was broke but they weren't looking to have it fixed or replaced...just enjoying the outdoors. They did mention the water smelled like sulfur...but I didn't notice that in the bathhouse so maybe it was the old pipes. We would love to go back. Close to Biltmore. Easy access to I26. Not a 5 star campground but certainly a relaxing spot along a beautiful river!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mothergoose1955
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

Over the 4th of July weekend, we stayed for 3 nights in the Magnolia cabin, a cabin definitely meant for no more than two people. This was not a fancy cabin; its foundation, in fact, was situated on balanced cinder blocks. However, the cabin was clean, cozy, and positioned just a few feet from the river. It included everything the brochure said it would; bathroom w/shower, fridge/freezer, microwave, hot plate, dishes, silverware. As the website and brochure state, you must bring your own linens, including towels, sheets, and blankets. For $60/night, this was no problem. There is a covered porch for smoking, talking, or gazing at the river, and a fire pit out front in case you want to throw the metal grill/rack on and cook over an open flame. The river's water level was pretty low, so we didn't choose to take advantage of the $5/day tubing that FBRC offered. Other pros? At the doorstep of the cabin, there's plenty of space for parking just about anything you can drive or tow, and the area was surprisingly quiet, considering the number of campers on hand during this busy weekend. It is VERY quiet during "quiet hours" between 10pm and 8pm. We would definitely return for another visit.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

We have literally just arrived at the campground and are not at all happy at what we have found. Not what the website presents at all. Sites too close together - at the moment we are "enjoying" billowing smoke from three large meat smokers from our next door neighbors. It is run down, some of the folks here are right out of "Deliverance" and we are really disappointed. If the owners have improved the place, I hate to think what it used to be like. Thankfully we are not dependent on their bathroom facilities. Needless to say, we won't be returning.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank popsydoodles2009
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Address: 1030 Old Marshall Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804-9667
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Asheville
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Ranked #15 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Asheville
Number of rooms: 40
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