Asheville’s sort-of-secret nature park
The Greenway is what folks call the rambling property of John Cram, Asheville’s patron-capitalist, who bought up local real estate in the early 90s and began the area’s transformation from bombed-out mountain mill town into the vibrant Appalachian art mecca it is today.
Mr. Cram lives in a fairly modest home on a few acres of wooded property, in a venerable section of Asheville. As part of his beneficence to the community, he keeps his grounds well-maintained and quietly open to the public.
Those who know come to roam the wooded paths, down to where the property backs up against a lake (whose name I can’t divulge because that would be telling).
Matt tells me that kids who play there call it “Narnia.”
Matt apologized on the day he took me there–in the spring and summer, he says, the place explodes with color.
I found it pretty satisfyingly explosive, even in late fall.