The Healthy Living Opportunities Map is a new tool to help you eat well and be more active throughout Buncombe County. This map focuses on places to access healthy foods, such as community gardens, farmers' markets, and grocery stores. You can also see opportunities for active transportation, such as walking trails and bike routes. Additionally, there are park locations for 29 different park activities, including basketball, dog parks, and swimming pool access. Using this tool, you can find the distance and route to these resources or find the ones that are the most convenient to where you live, learn, work, play or pray.
Healthy Living Opportunities Map
Healthy Living Opportunities Map
Use this map to find opportunities to Eat Smart and Move More near you.
How to Use this Map
The map includes features such as zoom in, zoom out, a pop-up box with detailed information for most items, a search feature to help you find resources within a short driving distance, and more.
For detailed directions on how to use the map, click here.
Drive Time Tool:
To see how long it would take to drive to any of the activity or healthy eating opportunities, click on the white Tools tab on the right side of the map. You can select the kind of opportunity you are looking for, then enter and address such as your home or work. Pick the drive time option (from 1 to 5 minutes away) and click Find. All of the areas that will appear shaded in light red will be within the drive time to selected.
Thank you to all of the organizations that shared information to post on the map.
Getting Out and About – Buncombe County and City of Asheville
Bike Routes – Provided by the Blue Ridge Cycle Club. The descriptions of different bike routes reflect the opinions of the Suitability Map Development Committee of the Bike/Pedestrian Task Force. By publishing the map neither the North Carolina Department of Transportation nor Blue Ridge Bicycle Club warrants, expressly or by implication, the conditions that may be encountered by the bicyclist. The bicyclist assumes the risks encountered and is advised to use good judgment and obey traffic law on all routes regardless of their designation on this map.
Tailgate Markets – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) (BuyAppalachian.org)
Community Gardens - Bountiful Cities (BountifulCitiesProject.org) and ASAP (ASAPConnections.org)
Grocery Stores – UNC Asheville Department of Health and Wellness. Student researchers conducted an in-person survey of each grocery store in Buncombe County. Students used a standardized survey called NEMS (Nutrition Environment Monitoring System) developed by the Centers for Disease Control. All Buncombe County grocery stores carrying fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, and low fat products are listed.
Emergency Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens / Welcome Tables, Emergency Shelters, and Community Distribution Sites - MANNA Food Bank (MannaFoodBank.org).
Opportunities to be Active
Trail Network – Buncombe County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation
Parks – Buncombe County and City of Asheville
The Healthy Living Opportunities Map is a project of Buncombe County Department of Health and many county government and community partners. For more information or to let us know about additions or corrections, please email Terri March.