Pergola going in at trailhead for Asheville’s French Broad River West Greenway


If you travel through the intersection of Craven Street and Hazel Mill Road, you may have noticed that crews have begun installing the pergola at the trailhead on the Craven Street Project. The next step will be installing sign and roof panels.


This is part of the French Broad River Greenway, which is expected to open in the next month! This section is funded with grant assistance from the EDA, the Golden Leaf Foundation and TPDF funds. It is part of the River to Ridge greenway network, The Wilma Dykeman Riverway and the East of the Riverway Multimodal Transportation System.


Starting at the Smith Bridge at Craven Street, this greenway travels half a mile to the West Asheville RiverLink Bridge. It offers a great riverside experience and access to New Belgium’s Liquid Center.


The next section of this greenway is currently under design. It will fill in a 1-mile gap between this new section and the rest of the French Broad River Greenway to the south and west.  Construction of the next section could start as early as summer 2017. Once completed, there will be a continuous trail from the River Arts District at Craven Street to Hominy Creek River Park near the State Farmer’s Market in West Asheville. The pergola now being installed will provide directional and interpretive signage to support Asheville citizens’ and visitors’ experience of the greenway.


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