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OP-ED: We need vision – and investment – to make greenways a reality

Mother Nature has blessed Western North Carolina with beauty and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. We are fortunate. However, there are some who have neither the time nor the resources to travel to a national forest, state park or greenway in S.C. For them, easily accessible parks and greenways could offer […]


A Word from Our President: Your Voice Makes A Difference

Greenways and trails are having greater awareness in our community. Just in the past few months citizen input has influenced the following projects: Asheville River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) to increase from a single 10′ wide trail to a full 16′ wide multi-use trail along the river. This section […]


Asheville Explores Different Types of Greenways

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville officials and other groups hold a meeting Monday night to talk about the city’s greenways. An expert from Knoxville is coming to talk about how greenways can come in many forms, and how unpaved ones are working for Knoxville. Hominy Creek Greenway is a place the […]


Dirt may be answer to Asheville’s $4M greenway shortage

ASHEVILLE – Greenways rank among the city’s most popular amenities. But high construction costs and other setbacks have meant many planned paths remain unbuilt. Recent estimates show four “shovel-ready” greenways would cost $4 million more than city staff estimated less than a year ago. Now officials are looking to boost the […]


Jackson County Visit

On December 1st eight Connect Buncombe board members along with Buncombe County Parks and Recreation staff members visited Jackson County to learn about county greenway plans and visit the first link of their Tuckaseegee River Greenway. Although only 1.2 miles long, this greenway has witnessed up to 20,000 visitors in […]


2017: Looking Back – and Ahead!

Connect Buncombe’s 2017 Annual Meeting was held November 15th at the Comfort Suites Asheville Outlet Mall. Thirty-five greenway friends gathered to renew acquaintances, catch up on the latest greenway news, review Connect Buncombe’s accomplishments for 2017 and look forward to plans for 2018. Marcia Bromberg, Board President, noted that throughout […]

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Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit

About 300 people from 11 states attended the first Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, held in Durham on October 1-3.. The East Coast Greenway Alliance organized the summit to bring people together and share success stories, progress and best practices related to greenways/trails projects. Projects along and connecting to the path […]


Greenway Business Profile: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

This interview is the first in a series on the economic development associated with greenways in Buncombe County. Connect Buncombe’s Leanna Joyner spoke with Smoky Mountain Adventure Center owner Stuart Cowles about his business along Amboy Road and what greenways mean for his business and the community. What drew you […]


Community Greenway Walks

Join us to discover the greenways of Buncombe County in YOUR neighborhood.  Walk for 1-2 hours with a member of the Connect Buncombe board of directors on the following dates! Well-behaved children and dogs welcome! Please RSVP in advance so that we know how many folks to expect. 1. 9/9/17 […]