Campground Opening One Month Early

February 18, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Campground Opening One Month Early

It’s strange for Bill Harrison to think that there will be campers amid the snow surrounding North Carolina’s Lake Powhatan.

But Harrison, the winter caretaker for the Forest Service campground just south of Asheville, is sure the campers will come when the lake and campground open March 1, the earliest opening date ever, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

Lake Powhatan is usually open April 1 through the end of October.

“It’s really a pretty place in the winter,” said Harrison, who lives with his wife, Myra, at the campground year-round. “You might as well be 100 miles from town, it’s so secluded. Last fall, we added some sites with full hook-ups. We thought if we open earlier, we should be able to draw more people.”

The popular campground and swimming area will open a month earlier than usual, said Judy Doyle, director of campgrounds for Cradle of Forestry in American Interpretive Association, which manages the lake and campground. It sits within the Bent Creek section of Pisgah National Forest. One of busiest areas in the most popular national forest in North Carolina, the Bent Creek area is heavily wooded, riddled with streams and trails and is particularly well known for its hiking and mountain biking.

The lake received 25,000 visitors in 2012.

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