Best parks in the Western Carolinas

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May 2, 2019
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Best parks in Western Carolinas

The phrase "a walk in the park" may conjure up images of childhood days in green spaces, a quiet place to sit on a bench and enjoy a book, or a brisk hike among woodlands with furry little animals. Now that the spring buds are blooming, it is the perfect time to explore the parks in the Western Carolinas. 

Parks are great places to enjoy fun family activities like feeding ducks, enjoying picnics, hiking a trail, or spending time in nature. Fresh air, wildlife, and botanical gardens are often free for the public to enjoy. A plethora of parks have museums, outdoor theaters, zoos, fruit-bearing trees, basketball courts, and pickleball courts. The list of amenities goes on and on.

The United States has a wide variety of parks, with Boston Common taking the title as the oldest city park. Washington D.C.'s National Mall is the most visited city park, and Union Square in San Francisco boasts the most visited city park per acre. 

A study by the National Recreation and Park Agency found that 55% of people visit their local parks to enjoy the benefits of nature. A performance review of the NRPA notes that on average there are 10.1 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents and 2,181 residents per park.

While some city parks occupy almost 1 million acres like Chugach State Park in Alaska and offer hiking and fishing for residents; others—such as Mills End Park in Portland, Ore.—can be measured in inches (452). Some cities are brimming with dog parks, and others feature skateboard parks or community food gardens. 

Where can you go to find the best parks in the Western Carolinas? The Stacker team checked out Foursquare's algorithm to predict the best parks based on check-ins, rating signals, category matches, and photo trends, with data updated as recently as April 19, 2019. Take a walk through our park guide to find the best park in your neighborhood.

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#10. Liberty Bridge

- Address: 601 S. Main St., Greenville
- Foursquare rating: 8.8
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#9. French Broad River Park and Greenway Trail

- Address: 508 Riverview Dr., Asheville
- Foursquare rating: 8.4
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#8. Dupont State Forest

- Address: 1300 Staton Rd. (Dupont Rd.), Cedar Mountain
- Foursquare rating: 8.5
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#7. Jump Off Rock

- Address: 4433 Laurel Park Hwy, Laurel Park
- Foursquare rating: 8.6
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#6. Jackson Park

- Address: 801 Glover St., Hendersonville
- Foursquare rating: 8.6
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#5. Fletcher Community Park

- Address: Howard Gap Rd., Hendersonville
- Foursquare rating: 8.6
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#4. Pack Square Park

- Address: 1 W. Pack Sq #1700, Asheville
- Foursquare rating: 8.7
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#3. Carrier Park

- Address: 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville
- Foursquare rating: 8.8
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#2. Cleveland Park

- Address: Cleveland Park Dr. (E. Washington St.), Greenville
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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#1. Falls Park On The Reedy

- Address: 601 S. Main St. (at W. Camperdown Way), Greenville
- Foursquare rating: 9.6
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