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2013 Greenway Master Plan Updates with Map


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Asheville’s varied topography and natural features affords a variety of experiences for the greenway users. Presently, most greenways are situated along stream, creek, and river corridors although mountain side and forested corridors will eventually be added to the mix. Many of Asheville’s existing greenways are located within individual parks where they compliment other recreational amenities. All greenway are designed to be handicap accessible.

The Asheville Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts and Greenways Master Plan was approved in 2009 and includes a map of recommended greenways. The current Master Plan classifies greenways as “High” and “Medium” priority depending on the scale of connectivity they provide, land availability, availability of funds and construction feasibility.



In Progress


The River to Ridge Greenway and Trail Network will be a connection of continuous greenways that encircle the downtown area with the River Arts District and French Broad River greenways, the South Slope Greenway Connector, Beaucatcher Greenway and the Urban Trail. This greenway network will provide a unique experience for any local or tourist that will allow access to two of Asheville’s most special natural assets: the French Broad River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once completed, the network with have 10.25 miles of connected greenways and trails.

The River to Ridge Network will encompass the existing segments of the French Broad River Greenway that is currently 2.83 miles in length connecting the French Broad River Park to the Hominy Creek River Park via Amboy Park, Carrier Park, and RiverLink’s future Karen Cragnolin Park. The River to Ridge Greenway Network also include a half-mile-long section of the greenway that is behind the New Belgium Brewing Company.

The remaining greenways and greenway connector projects are shovel ready and pending construction or waiting on funding.


Under Construction
The RADTIP project is a transformational project
that will enhance the River Arts District with a safer
road, flood mitigation measures, sidewalks, separated
bike lanes, public art and new gardens. It will also
include a new greenway. The French Broad River
East Bank corridor will have a 2.2 mile long section
that will be completed in this construction project.
The section will being at Hill St. and Riverside Drive
and terminate at the Amboy Road Bridge. You can
follow the construction schedule for this project here.
Pending Construction
The French Broad River West Bank corridor has a
shovel-ready project that will close the gap between
the half-mile section of the greenway on New
Belgium’s property at Craven Street and the French
Broad River Park (near the dog park area). Once
completed this project will be just over 1 mile long.
This greenway will feature information on the
indigenous edible plants in the area and have
volunteer led edible gardens. This greenway
has the nickname “The Edible Mile.”This area is closed for construction preparations.
Construction will begin Spring 2019.
french broad river greenway map


Pending Construction
The Town Branch Greenway is a ¾-mile-long greenway
that starts at the Grant Southside Center on Depot Street
and Livingston Street and terminates at Phifer Street near
the McDowell and Southside intersection. This greenway
lies on flat terrain along the banks of the creek called Town
Branch. This is an important East/West connection in
the greenway network. This greenway will feature a series
of interpretive signs about the devastating impact of the
razing of the Southside Community, a historically African
American community, due to urban renewal. The City of
Asheville is currently working on the signage and is seeking
first-hand information from the Southside residents to
finalize the story on the signs.
Construction will begin Spring 2021.
town branch greenway map
Shovel Ready but Pending Funding
The Bacoate Branch Greenway, formerly called the
Clingman Forest Greenway, is a half-mile-long
greenway corridor that runs through a preserved
urban forest in the WECAN (West End/Clingman
Avenue) neighborhood. This greenway is named
after the stream that runs through the property,
which was recently named in honor of
Ossie Bacoate, mother of Matthew Bacoate,
a well-known African-American businessman
in Asheville. Osie was an businesswoman herself.
bacoate branch greenway map
Shovel Ready but Pending Funding
The Beaucatcher Greenway is a 1.25-mile-long greenway
designed to connect Memorial Stadium to the historic
(and reputably haunted) Helen’s Bridge. This greenway
will also have a spur trail to connect a future park, the
White Fawn Overlook Park on the top of Beaucatcher
Mountain off of Reservoir Road. Currently, the City
is contemplating building the entire greenway to the
finalized plans or to modify the construction to be
able to build access sections at either end that enhance
public access and safety and can be built with existing funds.
beaucatcher greenway map

Currently Being Designed and Planned


Greenway Connectors are on-road projects designed to direct greenway visitors from one greenway trailhead to another, safely and easily. Two greenway connectors are currently being designed. The Depot Street Greenway Connector will connect the western end of Town Branch Greenway with the Bacoate Branch and French Broad River East Bank Greenway (the “RADTIP greenway”). And the South Slope Greenway Connector will connect the eastern end of Town Branch Greenway to Beaucatcher Greenway. The combined length of these connectors is approximately 1.1 miles. This project is also a wayfinding project.


Swannanoa River Greenway Phases One and Two

  • The Swannanoa River Greenway Phase One is a transportation bond project. This section of the Swannanoa River Greenway corridor is approximately 3.5 miles in length. It will start at the eastern end of Thompson Street near Biltmore Village and travel to Azalea Park along the Swannanoa River. A feasibility analysis for this greenway will begin in early 2018.
  • The Swannanoa River Greenway Phase Two is a corridor study funded by the NCDOT Bike and Ped Division. It will explore the most logical alignment for the second section of the Swannanoa River Greenway. This study area will begin on where the Phase One study ends and travel west to Biltmore Avenue.



Contact Information


Lucy Crown, Greenways Program Planner
Transportation Department
70 Court Plaza, Asheville NC 28801
Phone: 828-259-5805

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