Today we headed over to Charles D Owen Park to walk the portion of the River Trail that we have never walked before. We normally come to this area and park in the gravel parking area on Warren Wilson Rd right before you get to the college (if you’re coming from Asheville). The part of the River Trail that we normally take is called River Trail West. Today we wanted to check out River Trail East. That trailhead starts at Charles D Owen Park and eventually meets up with River Trail West. It’s a 1.8 mile round trip walk.
Charles D Owen Park has two large pavilions for rent, three lighted baseball fields, two outdoor basketball courts, restrooms, playground, concessions (during baseball games), picnic tables, grills, and a 1 mile “figure-eight” walking and bird watching trail. The Swannanoa river is a fish hatchery supported river, and the two small lakes at Owen Park are open for lakeside fishing.
When we started our walk today from the parking area, we walked across the walkway that takes you between the two lakes. We then turned right and walked along the upper lake. It’s a little tricky to find the trailhead for River Trail East because it’s not marked. But as we were walking along the upper lake after turning right, as we were taking the next right along the upper end of the lake, we saw a tiny trail down below the bank, on our left. This is the trailhead.
Some of our time was walking along the river, and some not. We eventually came to a meadow that I’m pretty sure is used for some reason by the college. I do have to admit that we didn’t make it all the way to the end where it meets up with River Trail West. We just became kind of bored, and along with that, it was hot and muggy and the gnats were really being pests. We weren’t really enjoying ourselves so we turned around and went back to the car. We may give this a try again when the weather is alot cooler.
Here are a few photos from the walk today. The twins were up for the 4th of July, so there are a few photos from that day.
Also, if you are not aware of where this park is at, and use this address to find the park, you might be a little leary when you arrive at the address. There is what seems to be an old abandoned factory. You’ve got to drive around to the back of it and go to the right. You’ll eventually drive into this nice park.
Address for Charles D Owen Park: 875 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC
From the parking area, this is where we started our walk. Between these pillars is a walkway between the two lakes.
Lower lake view
Upper lake view
If you just stay in Charles D Owen Park and walk the perimeter of the park, it’s a .83 mile walk
Heron at the upper lake
Fishing pier on the upper lake
These next 2 photos are a couple of river views taken at the park
This section of the River Trail East is a little grown up
River / trail view
Captured this butterfly on our walk. Don’t think I’ve seen one this color before.
You then come upon this meadow
On our way back, found these stuffed into a tree trunk
We’re back at Charles D Owen Park. A duck hiding beside of the lake.
And then one more heron photo
Eli is a little leary of eating the blackberry that I just picked for him
Sawyer showing off while petting Orka
Looks like Orka wants to lead the boys on a walk
And then lastly, a family of turkeys passing through