We departed the Rest Area on I-26, 12 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina at 8:30 a.m. We arrived at the Bear Creek Campground in Asheville at 9:00 a.m.
Earlier in the week we had made reservations at Bear Creek for four nights. It is conveniently located within 5 minutes of the Biltmore Estate and about 10 minutes to downtown Ashville. The campground sits high up on a hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
The cost for a campsite with full hookups is $40.00 per night.
Since we arrived in Asheville earlier than we had originally planned to, we decided we would visit Biltmore Estates on Saturday, March 24 instead of Thursday, March 29. We were prepared to pay the $10.00 increase per ticket for the earlier visit. Much to our surprise, the ticket office personnel accommodated our request for the Saturday visit with no increase in price. However, because weekends draw the most visitors, they provide visitors on weekends with a tour group number. There is a 30 minute time interval between the group tours to minimize congestion within the Biltmore mansion. We were assigned a number that started the group tour at 11:30 a.m.
Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!