You voted and the results are in. Here are your top 10 places to run in WNC, including Asheville, Hendersonville, Pisgah Forest…and a few other gems.!! Here are the top 10 places to run in WNC as polled by you, the WNC runners! There will be several links throughout using the All Trails app which is an excellent resource for locating running routes and trails. You can download it to your phone and never get lost again. Enjoy the new variety of running routes!
Asheville, NC & surrounding areas
1. The Greenway is accessible from multiple different starting points. The River Arts District is a cool place to visit post run to grab a cup of coffee. It’s also a portion of the RAD half-marathon and 10k Race in June so excellent race practice as well.
2. There’s a route from the French Broad River to New Belgium Brewery. You can run out and back to make it close to 9 miles or just go out for a bit over 4 miles and enjoy a brew!
3. Biltmore Trails are scenic and beautiful, but require a paid Biltmore grounds pass to get onto the estate.
4. You can get a nice 3 mile loop starting at Carrier Park along the river. Pet friendly as long as they are on leases. This one is considered “easy” with flat terrain and many variations available.
5. Fletcher Park, nice easy 2 miles with an out and back path that can be made into multiple loops. Safe, flat and easy!
1. Through town to Lake Osceola makes a great loop and lots of ways to add on miles. A nice 4-5 mile loop starts downtown, runs down 3rd or 4th Avenue then over to the loop around the lake and back.
2. Oklawaha Greenway is easily accessible for a few different points including Patton Park, Jackson Park, downtown and Berkeley Park. These beautiful, safe and scenic greenway is part of the Hendersonville Triathlon in June and the Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k in October.
3. Lake Imaging Trail is a popular route in DuPont with several different routes to make it longer or shorter. Although you may find quite a few more bikes out on these trails as it’s a popular bike route as well.
4. Park at the Hendersonville Visitors Center downtown for early morning runs, since it’s well-lit and you can take different routes depending on mileage goals. You can run a loop down Main Street to the fire station and back for a short trip, or take a right into 5th Ave. on the way back from the fire station and head into Laurel Park for a longer run before heading back toward the visitors center.
Pisgah Forest/Brevard area
1. Estatoe (or Exercise)Trail This trail is convenient and easily accessible. Park at Lowe’s and use the crosswalk at the light to hit the trail. Running out and back to the campground will get you a nice 5k. Or you can park at the Davidson River campground and get a few miles around the campsite if you prefer trail mixed with some road. There are several loops you can make.
2. Brevard Greenway This path is accessible from multiple locations including the Lowe’s parking lot, the ball fields gravel lot off of Ecusta road, and the newer Depot Building with plenty of parking and restroom facilities available on Railroad ave. You can get a few miles (about 3-4 miles. Although you can extend this by running a loop in the town of Brevard, looping the college for a mile, and/or continuing in the forest on the Estatoe trail if you’d like some trail miles as well) in on this but will require a traffic light stop and/or road crossing at a few points. Here’s a map courtesy of the city of Brevard: Brevard Greenway Map.
Black Mountain, NC
1. Park by the Fire/Police Dept in Black Mountain. Safe place for the car to be parked and for starts/finishes early morning. A sidewalk for a big loop around town. Running up Montreat Road and Down Flat creek you’ll find a lower elevation change.
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We hope this short list gave you some fun, fresh running route ideas! Keep running and moving friends.