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By Bill Moss, Published: August 23, 2019 Hendersonville Lightning

When he was asked if he’d heard that the state had awarded a grant for the proposed Ecusta Trail, Zach Pickett affirmed that he had indeed.

“The owner of the building sent me a text — ‘woohoo!’” Pickett said. “It’s going to hopefully bring in a lot more traffic around here.”

By Bill Moss, Published: August 18, 2019, Hendersonville Lightning

A $6.4 million grant to help acquire the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line for the Ecusta Trail is the best economic development news in a long time.

Eight years ago, we got the news that Henderson County had won the industrial recruiting sweepstakes when Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced that it was locating its East Coast plant in Mills River. We knew the nation’s second largest craft beer maker would produce the suds. We had no idea just how big a generator it would be of tourism dollars.
The Ecusta Trail is similar to that, even if it won’t create as many direct jobs.

Published August 16, 2019
Hendersonville Times News

The news for supporters of healthy outdoor recreation, tourism and economic development couldn’t have been better.

The N.C. Board of Transportation on Aug. 8 approved $6.4 million to purchase the rail line between Hendersonville and Brevard that’s been languishing without freight traffic for 17 years.

With the support of elected officials and dedicated citizens who have been working for more than a decade, this stretch of rusting rails, rotting ties and weeds will one day become a 19-mile paved path for walkers and cyclists: the Ecusta Trail.

North Carolina House Rep. Chuck McGrady, Conserving Carolina, and Friends of the Ecusta Trail are pleased to announce that Conserving Carolina was awarded a $6.4 Million purchase money grant for the rail corridor known as the TR Line or Proposed Ecusta Trail. “This is a very big next step for the Ecusta Trail”, said NC House Rep.Chuck McGrady. “There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of processes to work through that will take time, but this is a large step forward.”

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 9th, 5:30 - 7pm.  The Mills River location of Mountain River Tap and Growlers (Intersection of Hwy 280 and Hwy 191 in Mills River) will host Friends of the Ecusta Trail as its charity of the day.  25% of all tap proceeds on August 9th will benefit Friends of the Ecusta Trail.
If you have never been to a Mountain River tap room, you are in for a treat!  They are located in many of the Triangle Stop Marathon Convenience stores in Transylvania, Henderson and Polk Counties.


Drop in on August 9th to enjoy a pint, fill your growler and speak with Ecusta Trail board members about the latest happenings with the Ecusta Trail.