Throughout Western North Carolina, our communities and neighborhoods are interconnected—not just by our mountains and rivers, but also by our many local public parks and greenspaces. In fact, in Asheville alone, the city’s Parks and Recreation department maintains seven community and 38 neighborhood parks. And while all parks have common elements, many are as unique as the neighborhoods in which they can be found.
If you’re looking for a new-to-you place to enjoy the outdoors without venturing too far from home, we are here to help. We asked our agents: Where are the best local city and town parks in WNC?
I just recently discovered THE PARK at Flat Rock with its 1.5-mile trail and lots of green space to lay a read a book or to throw a frisbee. The trail meanders along a river and is a diversion to many of the four-legged creatures that come to play. A large playground area with a hidden tunnel is great for children of all ages. It’s a must-see-to-appreciate gem in the community. —Sara Duque
Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park is a pet-friendly favorite of many, offering exceptional views, walking trails, and a level grassy area for picnics. The rock has a mystical tale of a Cherokee maiden who jumped to her death after her Cherokee warrior love was killed in battle and did not return home. On a full moon-lighted night, many have observed the maiden’s ghost on the rock still looking for her warrior. —Sonny Iler, Managing Broker
About a 15-minute drive west of Asheville lands you in Canton, NC—home to the newly opened Chestnut Mountain Park. Chestnut Mountain Park is a nature-based recreation park and covers 450 acres of forested ridgelines and coves, providing a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The park consists of a Front Country day-use area for picnicking and transitions into the Backcountry as you move deeper into the park, where you’ll find multi-use trails for both hikers and bikers. —Wes Hight
Haywood County is blessed with an abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces. Lake Junaluska offers a relaxing bike ride with a pit stop to climb the spiderweb. “The Castle Park,” with its updates, offers something for all children. It has the toddler area for the young kids, monkey bars for the older ones, and inclusive playground equipment to welcome children with special needs. —Mary Irvin
We enjoy walking and biking Waynesville Greenway, a trail that starts at Waynesville Rec Park, follows Richland Creek for 4.8 miles, and ends at Lake Junaluska. The greenway also provides access to the creek for floating or fishing. Venture around Lake Junaluska to view the gorgeous rose walk, or pack a picnic and enjoy the covered picnic tables at Vance Street Park. Additionally, there you will find the dog park, playground skate park, and disc golf course. —Michelle McElroy
Live Near the Best Local Parks in WNC!
Among the many ways we Live Abundantly in WNC is through access to some of the best greenspaces around! Find a home near one of the great local town parks mentioned in this post!
- Carrier Park – Search for homes in Asheville.
- “The Castle Park”, Lake Junaluska Park – Search for homes in Lake Junaluska.
- Chestnut Mountain Park – Search for homes in Canton.
- Jump Off Rock – Search for homes in Laurel Park.
- The Park at Flat Rock – Search for homes in Flat Rock.
- Vance Street Park, Waynesville Greenway – Search for homes in Waynesville.