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French Broad River Greenway West now open

French Broad River Greenway West from Craven Street to Haywood Road is now open to the public. (Photo credit: City of Asheville)

It is official: French Broad River Greenway West from Craven Street to Haywood Road is now open to the public!

Access the greenway through the trailhead off Craven Street beside the French Broad River. Ample parking spaces have been installed on both sides of adjacent Hazel Mill Road.

This .5-mile section of greenway has a 10-foot-wide asphalt path, making it accessible for everyone, from bicyclists to people strolling with families or leashed dogs. It is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

As additional sections of this 2.95-mile greenway are completed, it will eventually connect to French Broad and Carrier parks. An additional segment of this greenway is slated for construction in 2017.

For the time being, the City is asking that visitors take photos when you're using the greenway; then post them to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook now through January 16 with the hashtag #avlgreenways to share the excitement!

In 2015, the City and New Belgium Brewing earned a national Partnership Award from American Trails for collaboration on this greenway. Funding partners on the project also included the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, and RiverLink, through a grant with the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, as well as the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.

The City of Asheville is planning a ribbon cutting and community celebration of this greenway segment to be held in the spring.

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