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 entirely off-road portion of the study area.  This means the City cannot rely on partnering with the NCDOT during their road improvements along the Swannanoa River Road.




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.


Contact Information

Lucy Crown, Greenway Planner

Jade Dundas, Capital Project Director


updated 11/20/2020


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