Oklawaha Greenway

North Carolina

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Oklawaha Greenway Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Henderson
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Berkeley Mills Park and Jackson Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9012651

Oklawaha Greenway Description

For lovers of outdoors, the Oklawaha Greenway presents a natural escape in an otherwise suburban setting.  The greenway trails Mud Creek for a big part of its length, beginning its northwesterly course at Jackson Park, through Patton Park and terminating at Berkeley Mills Park. Along the way, travelers become immersed in a variety of scenery changes, from manicured green spaces, to native marshes and forests. The greenway offers opportunities for wildlife and birdwatching; the wetland has an array of biological diversity which includes mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Signage provides information to curious travelers about the local flora and fauna.

The trail is open to shared use by a variety of users, including pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers. At 10 feet wide and 3.25 miles long, it’s relatively flat throughout, making it great for users of all ages and abilities. There are road crossings at grade; there are also bridges over the marsh and one below grade crossing where the pathway ducks under Four Seasons Highway.

Future plans may extended from Jackson Park in going south. This would bring total trail length to 7 miles.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and other amenities including restrooms and picnic tables can be found at any other parks along the greenway: Jackson Park (Jackson Park Rd), Patton Park and Berkeley Mills Park. 

Oklawaha Greenway Reviews

excellent ride

I have not written a mountain bike in well over 20 years, and I wanted to start riding again because it’s less traumatic on my knees. Came out to give this trail a check today, and I have to say it is fantastic! A few Hills that’ll make you work a little bit, but a lot of it is flat with excellent scenery, all in all a very nice ride!!

A blader's paradise!

This was my first visit to Oklawaha. GPS took me to an entrance off 7th Avenue and 64 coming in from Asheville just across the road from Jackson Park proper. (I was told there is only about 1/4 mile of a paved path on that side, and then it is gravel.) There is a mix of walkers, with and without dogs, skateboarders, and bikers.

I was able to get right on the path and take it the entire way to Berkeley Mills Park. I did take the offshoot to Patton Park and then back onto the main trail.

For rollerblading, this was excellent! It hit all the markers; paved, mostly flat, clear of debris, well marked, and not overcrowded. The path follows Mud Creek, and there are several benches throughout to stop and sit. The entire route is beautiful and well maintained. A nice mix of open and shaded areas.

The end of the path near the Berkeley Park entrance goes uphill at about an 8% grade so coming back down was a fun shot! If you start at that end - be prepared.

Oklawaha will definitely be in my rotation of great places to skate.

Nice Little Greenway

Rode my bike on the greenway today. Parked at the parking lot across the street from Berkeley Ball Park, the entry to the greenway is right there. Well paved, wide two lane with lots of park benches, bike service stations, and emergency call boxes along the path. It connects quite a bit of parks along the way, which is nice. You go over and under a few bridges. Lots of local walkers enjoying themselves, everyone was very respectful of personal space. One thing to note, I went a sunny day and it wasn’t muddy until I reached right after the Pets Own Dog Park entry about 0.5 miles from Jackson Park. So if there has been some rain in the week I would recommend going from Berkeley Ball Park to Pets Own Dog Park and skipping Jackson Park.

muddy and wet

I give this trail three stars only because I think it would be a nice trail if the weather has been dry for a while. We rode the trail a couple days after a storm, and the trail was a mess: covered in many places with huge areas of mud, river sand, and even running water. Our bikes and our clothing were a mess after we rode. We were unable to go all the way to Jackson Park because of a huge flooded area.
The trail is in a low-lying area, through a swamp. So, again, it would probably be nice during a dry time, but avoid this trail if there has been any rain in the past few days.


Nice Mountain ride

Smooth path very well marked in the beautiful NC Mountains. One note don't go on it after a storm. It's next to Mud Creek and it will dump lots of mud on the trail.

Oklawaha Greenway under Construction

This trail was a big disappointment. The southern most section (about 1/3 of the total trail) was all torn up, with mud, course construction gravel and rough construction plates making this section almost un-passable. And then the trail abruptly stops, with absolutely no way to continue. After we made our way back to the parking lot, we packed up up our bikes, and headed to the northern section, which was nice - but too short to drive 2 hours to ride it.

BTW: The address for parking (763 Glover Street) does not exist. We had to ask passersby to find where to park. Disappointed in TrailLink.

P.S. We didn't see anyone working on the trail, so check with someone in the know before visiting.


I walk the Park 3 days a week with a group of 10-12 people, we carry garbage bags and pick up litter along the way and enjoy it in every season. One big issue is lack of port-o-potties along the route. Walking stimulates, in many ways. It would be so easy to install and maintain port-o-potties at several locations along the Oklawaha Greenway and make it so much more enjoyable. In particular, I would like to request one at the Berkley parking lot, where there is a picnic table, water fountain, etc., and is at our 1/2 way walking distance. Thank You so much!


This is how a greenway is done, distance marker every .25 and line going down the middle.

Connects Three Parks

I like riding my bike here because it's convenient and connects three parks. Portions of the trail follow a creek. It is about a half mile or less from Main Street, restaurants and breweries.

Oklawaha Greenway - Hendersonville, NC

This is a great greenway in Hendersonville, NC that connects Jackson Park to Patton Park and on to Berkeley Park. Great for a run or a bike ride with kids, you can really get the feel of being out in nature while still in a small city. Possible plans to extend the trail north to Fletcher and perhaps Sierra Nevada and south perhaps as far as the Flat Rock Park and even Carl Sandburg NHS make this potentially a real draw for visitors to the area as well as locals. A word of warning, sections of the trail near Jackson Park and another section South of Patton Park tend to flood after heavy rains. City maintenance does a great job of getting things back in shape quickly.

Okawaha Greenway

The trail is beautiful, flat and less than 5 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville. With five parking areas along the trail, it is easily accessible. Its new Born Learning Trail, which begins at the Berkley Park end of the trail, is a great place to take kids. The parking lots on 7th Avenue and North Main are probably the most convenient for those with disabilities.

We enjoy our amble & ramble along the Greenway

Our local club hosts a walking event along the Oklawaha Greenway three times a week. Our "Amble & Ramble" provides much needed exercise and social interaction along beautiful and well maintained trails.

Excellent greenway near downtown Hendersonville

This is a wonderful Greenway just a short walk from Main Street Hendersonville connecting some great parks along a creek. Lots of potential for expansion and connection with other paths in the future.

Great Trail

This is a great trail that connects 5 city parks near downtown Hendersonville. It's 10 feet wide so easily accommodates walkers and bikers. Pretty scenery, butterfly gardens, a few water fountains, and 3 bike fixing stations dot the path. You can extend your walk by walking the trails at several of the parks along the way.

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