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Monday, February 13, 2017

BREVARD, N.C. (WLOS) — There was renewed talk of a greenway connecting some big-name breweries and a cidery in Western North Carolina on Monday, according to Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter.

The greenway could run beside Highway 280 from Oskar Blues to Bold Rock and then Sierra Nevada.

Laughter said commissioners in her county may vote to start an extensive study on the project this spring and discuss financing.

“Are there ways to create partnerships? Are there ways to find additional grant funds that will help to refine the project and potentially even construct it?” Laughter said.


The cost per mile, based on a 2014 study, was estimated to be about $500,000, Laughter said.

Based on the study, and according to Google Maps, the distance from Oskar Blues to Sierra Nevada is about 18 miles, so the project could cost about $9 million.

"That study didn't go too in depth as far as far as actual engineering and feasibility and cost factors,” Laughter said.

Laughter also said it was recommended that the greenway be paved, like The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville County.

Local business owners said they supported the greenway after seeing effects from The Swamp Rabbit Trail.

“So many businesses have opened and that rely on [The Swamp Rabbit Trail] and use that as kind of their main focus point, and I think that we could really develop this whole corridor from here to Asheville,” Sam Salman, owner of The Hub in Transylvania County, said.

The Mills River Town Council voted to move ahead and start looking into the greenway proposal in 2014.

Tags: Ecusta Trail Bike Path Greenway Oskar Blues Sierra Nevada Bold Rock

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