The Shaw Creek Easement encompasses a little over 10 acres of wooded and open pasture land south of Asheville. The easement property is adjacent to both Shaw Creek and the French Broad River, making it a conservation priority for RiverLink.
Despite it’s proximity to the river there are currently no access features installed within the easement area, although there are a few dirt paths that provide views of both waterways. The north frontage of the easement property can be viewed by recreational river users, and Lazy Otter Outfitters provides public access to the river half a mile upstream.
The western boundary crosses Shaw Creek in some sections. The entire Shaw Creek corridor is a mix of riparian woodlands and brushy areas. The northern boundary of the easement area fronts onto the French Broad River and is also a wooded riparian corridor. The east central boundary of the easement is an upland forest habitat which fronts onto residential lots to the east. One of the homesites is owned by the niece of the easement landowners, and they have installed a few dirt paths that provide access to the easement fields for their use.