Aside from being curious about the trail (having heard so much about it), I wanted to explore the trail because I’ve been working with Buncombe County to help with Connect Buncombe–a friends group to support the recently adopted 102 mile county-wide greenway plan. I grew up near Pittsburgh, so I understand the Rails to Trails system and have seen how they benefit communities, but Greenville really has it goin on! In fact, as we were leaving, we ran into some Asheville friends who had been in Greenville for the day exploring the trail as well.
Without further ado, here is what a developed greenway system can look like. Here are the citizens who use the greenway system and here are the businesses that benefit from them. After today, we REALLY want to Connect Buncombe with greenways and trails! Also, here are some statistics about economic development impact on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.