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Get Outside At These Asheville Parks

 

Asheville Parks

With a new year, many strive to make a commitment to get outside more often to be active. Asheville's surrounding mountains offer great escapes from the everyday, however some its parks are the perfect place to clear your head during a lunch or evening break away from the office. With smart phones increasing the constant noise around us, we wanted to share some of our top favorite afternoon parks to escape the daily grind.

 

Beaver Lake: Take a stroll through the bird sanctuary or if you are a runner it's a great place to run around this small lake located in North Asheville. It's picturesque and quaint, and is the perfect place to get a few minutes of fresh air. 

 

Carrier Park: Known as one of Asheville's top park locations, this park offers volleyball, a playground, roller-hockey rink, basketball court, track, a paved trail, a multi-use field, great for baseball or soccer, and a picnic pavillion. Connected by a 2.8 mile bicycle and pedestrian trail known as the French Broad River Greenway, Carrier Park is connected to Hominy Creek Park, a popular spot for Asheville tubers to get in the river. 

 

Richmond Hill Park: This large wooded park is great for trail running, mountain biking, and paying disc golf. Dogs are often seen on the trails with their owners, and it is a beautiful place to take in serenity within Asheville city limits. 

 

Azalea Park: Well known in the soccer community, Azalea Park is located along Swannanoa River and has soccer fields, picnic pavilions, and a running/walking trail. It is home to competitive soccer HFC, as well as an adult league. Also home to the Azalea Dog Park. To reserve a field, go to the Asheville Parks web site

 

Montford Park: With tennis courts, a playground, and green space, this park has much to offer. Located in the Asheville neighborhood of Montford, it has convenient access to/from the highway. 'Shakespeare in the Park' by the Montford Park Players during the spring, summer, and fall adds a magical charm to this park. 

 

Lakeside Living in Asheville: Lakeview Park


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A Brief History of Lakeview Park

 

In the early 1900s, the area that is now Beaver Lake was a quiet meadow known as Baird Bottom where livestock grazed.  During this time, a trolley system ferried vacationers back and forth between Asheville and Weaverville.

 

In 1923, esteemed urban planner and landscape architect John Nolen designed the neighborhood and recreational lake.  According to local legend, famous Asheville-born author Thomas Wolfe would occasionally go skinny dipping in the lake when darkness fell.

 

Beaver Lake and Park

 

Today, the lake and surrounding park and trail system are privately owned and maintained by residents of Lakeview Park.  On any given day, you will see both residents and guests enjoying the park.  A walking trail was recently extended to the full circumference of the lake.  Residents can store canoes and kayaks at the lake for a fee.

 

Just south of Beaver Lake you will find the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary.  This is a 3/8th mile long boardwalk that winds through the wetlands of Beaver Lake.  There are benches to stop and observe the various species of native and migratory birds that come to feed and rest near the lake.

Beaver Lake Asheville

 

Beaver Lake, North Asheville

 

The Community

 

Only 4 miles from downtown Asheville, this neighborhood offers the convenience of being close to town with the serenity of lakeside living.  The water and ample green space of this size is rare to find so close to the city center.  Many architectural styles, from historic to contemporary, grace the gentle topography of the neighborhood.

 

Merrimon Avenue, the main road leading into the city from Lakeview Park, has all of the conveniences you would need.  There are 5 or more grocery stores to choose from.  Many favorite local eateries also line this road, including Zen Sushi, Marco’s Pizzeria, and Homegrown restaurant.  You can watch a movie and grab a beer at Asheville Pizza and Brewing then cross Merrimon for some locally made ice cream at The Hop.

 

Living in Asheville

 

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