West Asheville boasts access to more parks then any other part of Asheville, mostly due to the series of parks along the western banks of the French Broad River. From Haywood Road the easiest access to these parks is down State Street to Amboy Road.
Once you reach Amboy Road…
Turn right for the entrance to Carrier Park. Carrier Park is one of the largest and most utilized parks along the river. It has lots of parking both at the main entrance and also closer to the western end of the park (continue along Amboy Road to reach this additional parking). The park was named for Edwin Carrier a prominent historic figure in West Asheville. Features: volleyball courts, giant playground structure, basketball court, rollerhockey rink, multi-use track for bicyclists and pedestrians, lawn bowling courts, baseball diamond, covered picnic area with tables and grills, paved and dirt trails with educational displays on river and wetland ecology, fishing pier and boat landing.
Walking or biking out the western end of Carrier Park you connect with the French Broad River Greenway which leads to the Hominy Creek Park. You can also access the Hominy Creek Park by taking Brevard Road South, turn right onto Shelburne Road, your first left onto Hominy Creek Road and continuing to the park entrance. Features: grills, picnic tables, river access and the entrance to the French Broad River Greenway.
From State Street, turn left on Amboy Road to access the Amboy Road River Park. This small park links to Carrier Park via a paved trail along Amboy Road next to the future Karen Cragnolin park. Features: paved trail and fishing pier.
Continue heading left along Amboy Road to reach the entrance for the French Broad River Park which will be on your left, just before you would cross the river. This park was one of the first completed along the river and as such has mature trees and shady paths. Features: green spaces, wildflower garden, paved half-mile walking path, large gazebo, picnic tables and grills, fishing/observation deck, small playground, boat landing and fenced areas for exercising dogs, a.k.a the “Dog Park.”
Photo by Hugh Munro. The paved French Broad River Greenway connecting Hominy Creek Park to Carrier Park is perfect for biking and walking.
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