Asheville Watershed

Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Milepost: 355.3-370.3 | County: Buncombe | Acres: 17,543 | Hiking: No

The city of Asheville has some of the nation’s cleanest drinking water, thanks to permanent protection of 17,543 acres of majestic forests, pristine mountain streams, and healthy wildlife habitat that surround its two reservoirs. This property can be seen along 15 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with multiple panoramic views between Mount Mitchell and Craggy Gardens. The Asheville watershed hosts eleven plant species and nine animal species considered endangered, threatened or significantly rare. The city donated a conservation easement on the land to Conservation Trust for North Carolina in 1996.