About Us

Supporting the Growth of Buncombe Greenways

Connect Buncombe is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supporting the growth of greenways in Buncombe County. Through advocacy, awareness campaigns, volunteer events, strategic partnerships, and direct funding, Connect Buncombe works to ensure Buncombe County meets its greenway-related goals as outlined in the county’s Comprehensive Plan.   

We Believe

  • Greenways promote outdoor recreation for families & individuals at all ability levels, all economic levels & all age levels
  • Greenways promote healthy lifestyles & help reduce obesity through exercise
  • Greenways are places to explore and connect with nature leading to increased environmental awareness and they provide natural buffer zones that protect creeks and rivers
  • Greenways are accessible to everyone in the community and facilitate social interaction
  • Greenways provide alternative transportation infrastructure
  • Existing greenways encourage economic development for businesses looking for an area with excellent quality of life

We Work By

  • Educating about the benefits of greenways
  • Advocating for greenways with elected officials, DOT officials and other non-profits
  • Raising money for planning and/or construction projects, which are included in the Master Plan

Connect Buncombe Key Accomplishments & Funded Grants

To the City of Asheville: $20,000 matching funding for North RADTIP; $7,000 for “Close the GAP”; $15,000 for the Swannanoa Greenway Study

To Buncombe County, Buncombe County Recreation Services: $20,000 for Rt. 191 / Bent Creek I-26 Corridor Study Plan to relieve $100,000 in federal and state matching funds. READ MORE

To Black Mountain: $2,000 for greenway development

To Woodfin: $1,000 to secure a bond, $5,000 for “Catch the Wave”

To AVL Unpaved: $8,400 toward the design and maps for phase 1 of natural surface trails in Asheville

To Asheville on Bikes: $5,000 toward the design of downtown Asheville bike lanes

Other Grants to “Hominy Valley Safe Routes to Schools”; Connect Enka; Reems Creek; Friends of Hominy Creek

Organized Greenway Partners, comprised of greenway and biking support organizations. Among other activities, this group sponsored a County Commissioner candidate forum in 2018

Made “Why Greenways” presentations to interested organizations and participated in numerous community events to educate and engage the public about greenways in Buncombe County

A Letter from the President

Dear Fellow Greenway Enthusiasts,

It’s truly an exciting time to be involved with greenways in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County and I am proud to be a member of Connect Buncombe. The past few years have seen an explosion of activity in the planning and development of our greenway network in Woodfin, East and West Asheville, Black Mountain, and most visibly along the French Broad River in the River Arts District.

We are an outdoor-loving community and the pandemic has shown us how important greenways are as safe and accessible sites of recreation and multimodal transportation. An interconnected greenway system promotes a vibrant, healthy, and equitable place to live; and Connect Buncombe strives for that vision of our community. Please join us and help to develop greenways throughout the city and county.

And in the meantime, come out for a walk, run, or bike ride along one of our beautiful paths. I’ll see you on the trail.

Mark Cobb
President, Connect Buncombe

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