‘Swannanoa Swamp’ is unique, mysterious

‘Swannanoa Swamp’ is unique, mysterious

By Barbara Hootman, barbara@blackmountainnews.com

As summer turns to fall, a rare body of wetland is poised to take on interesting colors and textures.

The Swannanoa Swamp, as it’s colloquially known, on U.S. 70 between Swannanoa and Black Mountain, is a unique body of water that sustains aquatic and wildlife while providing a unique beauty unusual to the mountains.

The swamp, especially attractive when hundreds of pink water lilies are in bloom, intrigued two eagles this spring. But after a few days, they were on their way.

Bill Alexander, a Swannanoa Valley historian, said the Alexander family used to own what is now the Asheville East KOA campground pond and extensive property on the north side of U.S. 70. The family did not own what is known as the Swannanoa Swamp.

“In the early 1950s, Grove Stone & Sand, under the management of a man named Northcott, wanted to dig out granite and whatever they could get out of it,” Alexander said. “They were getting something for nothing, so they said they would make a lake where they had dug. The lake that was created is the same one that is at the KOA campground today.”

Alexander thinks the lake leaked and created the swamps.

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