Trail Opening Near Asheville Has an Exciting Beginning

Officials broke ground on an exciting new 19.4 mile multi-use greenway along an unused railway corridor connecting Hendersonville and Brevard in North Carolina. Dates for the opening of the first section of the Ecusta Trail are not yet published, but expected to be sometime this year.

This North Carolina couple is getting ahead of the game by opening the Ecusta Market & Cafe in Hendersonville this summer.

Trail Opening Near Asheville Has an Exciting Beginning
Photo Courtesy of the Ecusta Market & Cafe

What’s better than starting or ending a long hike or bike ride with some much needed provisions? Owners Robert & Emily Gunn modeled their plan after the Swamp Rabbit and Cafe and Grocery near the Swamp Rabbit Trail connecting Greenville to Travelers Rest. They’re goal is to support the local economy and more sustainable lifestyle practices — for both locals and tourists alike

“The Ecusta Market & Cafe will provide a community gathering space with wholesome food, quality ingredients, and artisanal products from trusted farmers and makers in Western NC and surrounding areas.

On the cafe side, there will be an expansive house-made bakery program, locally roasted coffee, seasonal breakfast and lunch selections, and a curated selection of local beer and wine. The market will focus on locally-sourced meats, produce and dairy, natural and organic snacks and pantry staples, non-toxic household goods, and handcrafted goods from Western NC makers (candles, beauty and wellness products, gifts, and more). There will also be a prepared foods section and plenty of grab-and-go items (perfect for trail-goers).”

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Trail Opening Near Asheville Has an Exciting Beginning