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Are Parks Open? Roundup of Parks and Trail Info.

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Updated at 11:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020.

What local parks and trails are open? Buncombe County modified its Stay-Home Stay Safe emergency order to transitions into Phase 1 of easing certain restrictions. Phase 1 provides for outdoor activity as long as physical distancing requirements are met. This includes space of at least six feet between individuals who do not live in the same household and no more than 10 individuals in a single space at the same time. The order also mandates closing playgrounds and other areas to decrease the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

To see if a park, trail, court, or recreation area is open, please visit the managing agency at a link below. During the emergency order, residents are encouraged to stay active by walking, jogging, running, biking, and other forms of physical activity or exercise in their homes or household outdoor space such as a porch, deck, yard, or driveway – as long as physical distancing requirements are observed.

Many parks and recreation agencies have closed most of their facilities until further notice following due to overcrowding the latest advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Recreation and Park Association, US Tennis Association, and others. Some greenways and trails remain open. Most Buncombe County Recreation Services parks are open with specific guidelines and limited hours. Individual organizations remain in regular contact with medical and environmental health professionals at Buncombe County Health and Human Services to determine the most responsible time to allow residents back into their parks.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this uncharted territory. Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.

Municipal Parks and Recreation Departments in Buncombe County

Private Parks with Public Access

Public Schools with Courts and Trails in Buncombe County

National and State Agencies

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Recreation Services Administrative Office


Recreation Services
Josh O'Conner
P: (828) 250-4260
F: (828) 250-6715

Mailing Address
46 Valley Street,
Asheville, NC 28801

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