Welcome to the Asheville Greenways website. Thank you for your interest in the City of Asheville's Beaucatcher Greenway project. This site is intended to illustrate this greenway trail’s alignment along with its associated features such as trail heads and furnishings.
The following images and text provide a general overview of the project and subsequently goes into more detail in terms of the greenway’s actual location and design, the entrances into the trail and the character of the features found within the greenway’s features.
Again, thank you for your time and interest in the Beaucatcher Greenway project
Roderick Simmons - Director of Parks and Recreation
When: Wednesday, March 16 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Lord Auditorium, lower level Pack Memorial Library
Description: The Beaucatcher project is a 1.25-mile-long greenway that runs from McCormick Field parking lot to Helen’s Bridge along the side of Beaucatcher Mountain. In its eighth year of planning, this greenway design is nearly finished and construction is expected to begin soon. This meeting will provide an opportunity to see the final design draft and get first-hand information from the consultants.
The online comment form has closed - please directed any further comments to the City of Asheville staff.
In 1920, John Nolen, an early city planner, authored the first city plan for Asheville-delineating a circle of parks surrounding Asheville and major city parks in every neighborhood. The key component of the park system was an expansive overlook park along Beaucatcher Mountain, and open space connecting it to downtown Asheville and the surrounding neighborhoods. The plan above, completed in 1922 identifies a linear park along the Beaucatcher ridge line overlooking downtown Asheville. Nolen's plan led to important land conservation by the City, without which today's Beaucatcher Greenway would not be possible.
The corridor nearly extends the length of Beaucatcher Mountain from Memorial Stadium and White Fawn Reservoir (above McCormick Field) to Helen's Bridge near I-240 and Tunnel Road. This wooded corridor below the crest and on the western side of the mountain's ridge will have commanding views of downtown Asheville. The trail will couple on-road in portions along Ardmion Road and South Beaumont Street and at times meander through parks such as Memorial Stadium, White Fawn, Mountainside, Beaucatcher Overlook and Beaucatcher Reservoir Park.
The Beaucatcher Greenway project has been adopted in several planning efforts that received broad public participation and support, including the 2008 Asheville Greenway Master Plan and 2012 Update to that plan. Both documents identify Beaucatcher Greenway as a high priority project. The City began design the following year, 2013
Trees and forest have been and continue to be an important part of the Asheville landscape and culture. The City of Asheville recognizes and respects that this is what makes Asheville a special place for people to live and visit. The Beaucatcher Greenway project has from the beginning been focused being a trail that complements the forest and allows residents and visitors of all ability to enjoy the mountain. The trail alignment is largely within and existing, cleared roadbed and uses retaining walls to further reduce the amount of clearing and grading needed.
The exhibits below show each of the 408 trees identified along the corridor and whether the tree will be maintained or cut. Trees are being removed for two reasons, 1) to clear area for construction or 2) due to death or disease. The current alignment would require the removal of 135 trees with an average diameter of 13 inches.