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, North Asheville
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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