In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not stayed at the camp, I drove to it to check the facilities while I was in a trip to Asheville... Had been wanting to stay at Lake Powhatan since we do frequent Asheville and it would have been a good location for "base camp". I seen the campground was booked full for the dates we wanted but had knowledge of their "walk in" sites which cannot be reserved. I was hoping to get there early on Thursday and grab a walk in site, if no luck try again Friday, wanted to stay until Sunday. My first contact (week prior the trip) was to inquire about those sites and at what time should I be there to have the best chance to snag one. I was surprised to be told not to show up before noon.... did not make sense to me, I understand that checking in is noon but why cant I pay for the site that is open then set up at checking in time? Second time (Wednesday), I called to make sure the wife will be able to get in late as she had to work. Then I asked how many of the "walk in" sites were available at that moment. Reason I asked is if all of them were taken little chance someone is leaving Thursday, they are probably there to stay the rest of the week/weekend. She said there were some available but she could not guarantee me one for tomorrow. I said it was ok, I understood it was first come basis and I just needed an idea to weight my chances to get a site until Sunday. Then she says I can only stay in the walk in sites for 2 nights.... I was surprised, the website says 14 days for all sites. Then I ask if I check in Friday then I should be good thru Sunday, lady said not to bother going Friday as they are all full!!!???? So how are the "walk in" sites already full for Friday? She keep telling me I could not reserve the walk in sites and I keep asking her how come then they are all full Friday but not today Thursday? It was like talking to a 3 year old... She said call tomorrow at 7:00 am and talk to a manager... I called Thursday morning to verify the information from the manage but it was her again.... all she had available was primitive and I decided to just scrap the trip after all this misinformation. We will do a daily trip to see the color change and do something different Saturday. We went to Asheville Friday, visit many places including Campfire lodgings where the host was so nice to us that it even hurt! He let us drive around, check the site and asked me once we were done to stop by the store which we did. He is such a great host, makes you feel welcome without choking you. Before heading to the Blue ridge we stopped by Lake Powhatan campground as we have done hundreds of times at other campgrounds that we have interest on staying. I stopped by the access and let them know we were not staying there and we just wanted to see the facilities for future trip. We were declined entry because the campground was full, I repeated myself, I am not staying, all I want to do is drive the loop to see the sites and facilities, again, I was told I could not because the campground was full and was asked to make a turn around and leave... I had just pull the window up and open up my mouth to tell DW how I felt she let out "there is no way in hell we are EVER coming to stay in this place!!" I almost laugh, I never heard her like that but that was my feeling too. We have travel extensively on TN, NC, SC, VA, FL and a few trips to OH and I have never ever been told I cannot take a peek at the campground for any reason. The attitude of these hosts is the same tyrannic attitude that I read in their trip advisor. I will never give them a chance to treat me that way again. I'm glad others have had a different experience at the park, I hope that everyone that visit that park has a great time but I wont be giving this campground a second visit of a good review. Thanks!