The Ecusta Trail is a PROPOSED 19 mile rail-trail between the cities of Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. It is envisioned as a multi-use walking, hiking and biking greenway along the railway corridor connecting Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Horse Shoe, Etowah, Pisgah Forest and Brevard.  Once complete, it will connect with the existing Brevard Bike/Walk Path, the Estatoe path leading into Pisgah Forest, and the Ocklawaha greenway connecting Jackson Park, Patton Park and Berkeley Park in Hendersonville.   

There are also several efforts underway to build connecting paths that could link areas such as Mills River, Fletcher, Sierra Nevada, Flat Rock and Blue Ridge Community College (Hendersonville Campus).
Many rail trails exist in our country, and have become destinations for tourists, and lifestyle enhancements for locals. Friends of the Ecusta Trail (a 501 (c) 3) believes that our area has a unique opportunity to evaluate possibilities associated with a rail trail – both economic and lifestyle benefits – and has become an official organization devoted to this task.  Friends of the Ecusta Trail also believes that other trail development in the area is possible, and will explore and support such opportunities for greenspace development between Henderson and Transylvania Counties. By promoting both a proposed rail trail and development of other multi-use trails, two vibrant western North Carolina counties can be connected for recreation, active transportation and economic development.
In the past few years, the Friends of the Ecusta Trail have helped develop an economic impact and planning study for the trail and are actively  communicating this data with community groups and civic leaders throughout the region.
So join us in our dream – become informed and involved. This website provides the information you need to do both, and we welcome you as a Friend.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Ecusta Trail is to develop the Ecusta Trail, a rail trail project connecting Brevard and Hendersonville, NC, and to promote a local network of multi-use trails. We are organized as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Please Volunteer

We are constantly asked to set up tents at events throughout Henderson and Transylvania counties in order to raise awareness and funds to continue educating and advocating for the trail. However, we need YOUR help. At the events, we will have booths set up to sell Ecusta Trail merchandise, hand out materials and have conversations with people about the Ecusta Trail. We need volunteers to help us staff these booths for shifts during each event. Volunteer once or volunteer a lot, but please help us to keep the momentum going. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get you more information.

Why do we need donations?

At this time, the Friends of the Ecusta Trail are raising funds to raise awareness about the possibilities and potential benefits of the rail trail. Funds may also be used for other purposes to further the efforts of building the trail; such as purchasing materials. To raise these funds we are seeking donations and grants from municipalities and other state and federal funding sources as well as seeking donations from individuals and businesses interested in promoting biking and hiking trails linking our communities.