Transylvania County Tourism announces $100,000 toward Ecusta Trail

At the Transylvania County, NC Tourism (TCT) Board of Directors’ annual retreat, a motion was passed to set aside $100,000 from the organization’s fund balance for the development of the Ecusta Trail. TCT previously pledged support of the rail to trail conversion back in June of 2015, emphasizing the benefit that the trail would have on the community.

After nearly a decade of conversation and behind the scenes efforts by many in Henderson and Transylvania Counties, momentum has picked up surrounding the development of the trail. TCT’s announcement follows on the heels of the $6.4 million purchase money grant to Conserving Carolina from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in August, 2019.

“Transylvania County Tourism has a role to play in our community that goes deeper than just marketing and promotion,” states TCT Chair Layton Parker. “Our board is committed to being part of the long-term success of tourism in Transylvania County and sees the importance and opportunity of the Ecusta Trail. It will become an integral element for the health of our community, outdoor recreation and sustainability of tourism that sets our county apart as a destination for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The Ecusta Trail is a PROPOSED 19 mile rail-trail between the cities of Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. It is envisioned as a multi-use walking, hiking and biking greenway along the railway corridor connecting Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Horse Shoe, Etowah, Pisgah Forest and Brevard. Once complete, it will connect with the existing Brevard Bike/Walk Path, the Estatoe path leading into Pisgah Forest, and the Ocklawaha greenway connecting Jackson Park, Patton Park and Berkeley Park in Hendersonville.

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