We learned the hard way that coming into Asheville, NC on a weekend with no camping reservation, was a huge mistake. But the good news is, we did find a spot in one of the nicest host’s we’ve ever had. The Cracker Barrel in Asheville is quite nice.
Trying to stealth camp in downtown Asheville is tricky but can be done if you arrive after 6:00 PM and leave before 6:00 AM. and actually find a spot. Otherwise your gonna get towed because it’s all pay to park. The only other option is to find at a campsite. We pulled into Cracker Barrel in Asheville because it was literally the last place we could find. We called first of course and the Manager was very nice and gave us approval. It was a fluke that it was pretty empty on a Friday Night and there was a Buffalo Wild Wings next door. As we parked I did a search for the Asheville Craker Barrel and found this article from We Are The Russo’s. We were parked in the exact same spot.
Places to Camp Near Asheville:
Asheville, NC is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, so there is plenty of camping. But it’s a very popular place to hang out. So here are some places we really like and are affordable.
Lake Powhatan Campground: Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website This is a great place to stay and it’s a National Forest Campground. You can park RV’s up to 31 feet and pay around $25-30 bucks. It’s secluded but still very close to Asheville.
North Mills River Campground Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website Another great place to stay but no big RV’s here. This is a great spot for Camper Van’s, Truck Camper’s, Pop Up’s or small travel trailers. They do have a dump station and water stations. No Hookups. Expect to pay around $25.00 a night. They do have First Come, First Serve spots available.
Rutledge Lake RV Resort 828-654-7873 Official Website This RV Park does NOT have good reviews, but it’s one of the closest one’s around the Asheville downtown area.
Keep in mind there are NO overnight stays in Walmart or any of the other usual suspects that are close to Asheville except for the Cracker Barrel. All other places to stay that are close are RV Parks. You can expect to pay $50.00 and up a night to stay there.