Clear Creek Greenway - Project 18026

Project Description

The City proposes to design and construct a 1.4-mile section of the Clear Creek Greenway as part of its
commitment to the larger trail network. The project would bring the City’s total greenway network to
over five (5) miles of accessible trails by adding approximately 7,600 linear feet. Beginning near Berkeley
Mills Park it would cross Mud Creek, navigate under I-26 at Clear Creek, and cross over Allen Branch to
the Highland Square Regional Activity Center (HSRAC), completing a pedestrian route between two of
the largest economic growth centers in Henderson County and bringing the system nearer to North
Henderson High School and Apple Valley Middle School. The 10’ wide paved path would be ADA
compliant, and would cross Clear Creek Road at grade with high-visibility markings on the roadway and
flashing pedestrian crossing signs in both directions. It would cross under Interstate 26, providing a
valuable route to connect residents, businesses and visitors both east and west of the interstate. A
trailhead with parking, stream access, benches, play pockets, exercise equipment, and reflection
gardens would be installed along the path. The Clear Creek Greenway would tie in a 334 unit subdivision
on Clear Ck Rd, a 542-unit retirement community, a proposed 300-unit multifamily development, a new
80-unit apartment complex and a handful of other neighborhoods on its way to HSRAC. More than 25
businesses and points of interest are operating in and around the HSRAC; including 10 restaurants, 4
banking institutions, 3 grocery stores, 3 medical/pharmacy providers, 2 churches, and a post office.

With the Clear Creek Greenway these areas would have a pedestrian connection to several public parks
including Berkeley Mills, Jackson, Patton and Sullivan Parks as well as to Downtown Hendersonville &
Main St and historic 7th Avenue District. Other municipalities are developing plans for the network to
continue south towards Blue Ridge Community College, north towards Westfelt Park (adjacent to the
Asheville Regional Airport), and eastward to Edneyville. 

The City of Hendersonville has long advocated for pedestrian infrastructure through sidewalk and greenway construction. Our growing greenway network provides an opportunity for residents of all ages and abilities to take in nature while increasing physical activity. Exercise enthusiasts and bird watchers as well as folks gathering for social and educational events, during every season of the year, use our greenways. We have a certified Butterfly Highway and Monarch way station, as well as several pollinator gardens along our existing greenways.