Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beaver Lake, Asheville

Heading north of Asheville to do errands one day last week I decided to explore the road Glen Falls. It veers off to the left of Beaver Lake. Some friends live in one of the neighborhoods adjoining the lake and love to walk their dog around the lake, use their canoe in warm months and just enjoy the scenery here.

I found this information online explaining that this lake and one of the neighborhoods was created when Asheville as a town was smaller and a bit further away than it is now.

Years ago this lake was a meadow called Baird Bottom and the trolley tracks, what have been left of them, are hidden under three to four feet of water. Created in 1923 by landscape architect John Nolen (June 14, 1869 - February 18, 1937), historic Beaver Lake and the adjoining property are privately owned and maintained by the residents of Lake View Park. The park and lake is enjoyed by both Lake View Park residents and guests for activities such as jogging, running, walking, biking, bird watching, watching the sun set, picnicking, boating, and fishing.

The park still exists and is used by local residents. The falls turned out to be a deep drop where the excess water from the lake runs off. As you can see, the stream bed shows the extensive damage along it's walls from the hurricanes and flooding that hit the area in 2004.

Hope you enjoyed this visit to Beaver Lake and Glen Falls! For more outdoor posts visit Outdoor Wednesday and don't forget to stop by Watery Wednesday too.


becca said...

thank for sharing! i lived in asheville for 3 years and miss it like crazy. i'm so glad i found your blog. come visit any time. :)

Old Kitty said...


What a beautiful lake and even better to know that it's managed and owned by the local residents.

Thank you and yes I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Beaver Lake and Glen Falls!

Take care

Hootin' Anni said...

Photos like you just shared, they're so calming...beautiful.

PS...is your header flowers, dogwood? That too is beautiful.

Here is my Watery Photo, hope to see you stop by to view. It's always great to have you visiting.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I did enjoy your photos of Beaver Lake and Glen Falls!!!
Beautiful photo header also!!!

LV said...

Thank you for sharing such an interesting story behind that lovely lake.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful, Cheri... You know me... I love waterfalls. That would be a place I'd love to visit sometime. I'll add it to my HUGE list. ha


Ms. Bake-it said...

Great photos! Ashville and the surrounding areas are what made me fall in love with NC when I was 16! I used to visit that area every year. You have brought back some wonderful memories. Makes me want to pack up the dogs and head on up for a visit!

~ Tracy

Tammie Lee said...

sounds like you had a good time exploring this body of water. fun to see your photos and learn about it.

Larry D said...

Looks like a wonderful place, great series of photos!

joanny said...

Beautiful & pristine looking lake -- a lovely place, indeed,,

found you via the Southern Daydreamer.

Come visit the North West through the magic of the blog and see the view from my world in this beautiful country we love and share in,


Sylvia K said...

What a lovely, interesting post! And your photos are gorgeous. I've never been to that part of the country, but have always wanted to visit there. This is the next best thing! Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for your visit/comment! Always appreciated!



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