Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery is not just a place where families come to visit a friend or a loved one. It is a place of beauty - a place where you can walk, take photographs, paint and visit the grave sites of prominent writers Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry.

Riverside Cemetery also offers visitors a unique journey into Asheville’s past. Both guided and self-guided walking tour information is available. Tours offer insight into cultural diversity, architecture, religious customs, and landscape design. More than 2,000 visitors tour the cemetery each year.


Contact information

Riverside Cemetery
53 Birch Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Cemetery Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Gates are open everyday from:

  • 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. April 1 - October 31
  • 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. November 1 - March 31

Phone: (828) 350-2066
E-mail: jdarty@ashevillenc.gov

Office Hours: by appointment only,
call (828) 350-2066 to schedule an appointment

Get driving directions to Riverside Cemetery

Download the Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour PDF
Download the Riverside Cemetery Walking Map PDF
Go to the Riverside Cemetery website

City of Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery is located in the Montford Historic District, a short walk or drive from downtown. The cemetery features more than 87 acres of landscaped grounds. The cemetery averages approximately 75 services each year.

Services offered include grave sales, historical and genealogical research, cemetery tours, landscape maintenance, and assistance with monument purchases. Call (828) 350-2066 to schedule an appointment.


To search cemetery records, please visit the Riverside Cemetery Website