Swannanoa River Greenway Corridor

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The City of Asheville’s Transportation Bond project will be engineering and constructing the following section of the Swannanoa River Greenway.  We chose this portion of the greenway because it is an entirely off-road portion of the study area.  This means the City will need to wait to partner with the NCDOT during their road improvements along Swannanoa River Road.  Their timeline is currently estimated to be 2029 or later.




swannanoa greenway study area

The City of Asheville conducted two studies on different segments of the Swannanoa River Greenway.

Swannanoa River Greenway Phase 1 was a feasibility study and greenway corridor design on the eastern of the greenway from the eastern end of Thompson Street and Glendale Avenue, to the City of Asheville’s park complex with the Nature Center, the Recreation Park and the JB Lewis Soccer Fields.

Swannanoa River Greenway Phase 2 was a corridor study, funded through the NCDOTs Bike and Pedestrian Mini-Grant Program for the section of the greenway that starts at Biltmore Avenue and ends at the end of Thompson Street at Glendale Ave. This was a planning study that did not include engineering and design in the scope of work.




Additional Supporting Documents

The City of Asheville Greenway Master Plan

The Buncombe County Greenway Master Plan

The Hellbender Regional Trail Plan

The Fonta Flora State Trail



It is estimated the construction of the first phase of the Swannanoa River Greenway will begin in 2022. This timeline will be updated when pertinent information is determined.

                                                             BASE WORK OCTOBER 2020
                                                             30% DESIGN DECEMBER 2020
                                                             HYDRAULIC DESIGN JUNE 2021
                                                             65% DESIGN AUGUST 2021
                                                             PUBLIC MEETING SEPTEMBER 2021
                                                             90% DESIGN NOVEMBER 2021
                                                             100% CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS MARCH 2022


Contact Information

Lucy Crown, Greenway Planner

Jade Dundas, Capital Project Director


updated 11/20/2020


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