One thing that might surprise visitors to Asheville (and a few residents alike!) looking for that perfect blend of urban living and mountain retreat, are the plentiful parks and greenways that surround the city.
Asheville Parks and Recreation maintains 54 public parks and 6 miles of greenway, all within city limits. Surrounding The Broadway you can grab your hiking books or running shoes, hop on the Reed Creek Greenway, and connect with other city Greenways or a multitude of parks and natural amenities like the Botanical Gardens!
Beginning at the Botanical Gardens on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, the picturesque Reed Creek Greenway runs parallel to Broadway and ambles between a park-like setting and a distinctly urban landscape as the greenway traverses Broadway into a portion of downtown Asheville. A Greenway that runs right up to The Broadway? You heard it correctly!
The City of Asheville has compiled an interactive Greenways Map and mailing list to stay informed of the area’s expanding system of greenways throughout the city. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/enjoy-greenways/