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Urban Trail

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
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Address: Pack Place, Asheville, NC 28801
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Learn about Asheville's architecture and historic past on this unique...

Learn about Asheville's architecture and historic past on this unique 1.7-mile walking tour, which includes delightful sculptures along the way, including Thomas Wolfe's size 13 bronzed shoes. Tour leaders or audiotapes are available to guide you.

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urban trail

This is a very nice walking trail in the city, with statues and small parks around. Very often there are activities going on with singers, dancers or musicians.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
new york
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The self-guided walk through downtown Asheville is well-marked, with interesting historical and artistic explanations of the town's history and culture. Good for visitors and locals taking a stay-cation.

Thank Ele B
new york
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice walking trail in the city, with statues and small parks around. Very often there are activities going on with singers, dancers or musicians.

Thank voyagernewyork
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This 1.7 mile, 30-site self-guided tour is a great way for people to learn the history and culture of Asheville on a beautiful day. On a wet or blustery day, only a die-hard history or architecture buff would enjoy it. Each stop has a bronze plaque explaining the significance of the site and appropriate whimsical sculpture, created by UNC-Asheville art... More 

2 Thank Terry M
Schleswig, Germany
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114 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I like urban walks, and this was a good one. I didn't know how many authors emanated from here, but was glad to see them honored on this trail. I love a good safe, city stroll. Didn't care for the blankety-blank hippies, but whatever. patchouli.

Thank Orad O
Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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121 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We followed the Urban Trail and got a bit lost, but the sculptures that we found were fun. Several of them are on the ground and the map doesn't indicate what side of the street they are on, but it was a cute way to walk around downtown and see some of the history. I did this with 3 children.... More 

Thank Melinda R
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We walked the trail as something to do one night. Not sure the trail was anything special, but it did give us a nice path to take around town for an evening.

Thank rkr0ssi
Boca Raton, Florida
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We printed the map for the Urban Trail from the Internet and we walked the trail and found every one of the stops. It was a fun way to go through the downtown and to get a good experience of the history of Asheville.

1 Thank Susan H
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70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

A fun way to get to know the town. Following the trail directions we walked from one spot to another with time to stop in stores, rest on benches, and sample treats [don't miss the chocolate stores]. There a few spots were we never did find the bronze or we discovered a few not exactly where the map indicated.

1 Thank Marilynska
Spring Hill, Florida
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We thought at first it was going to be a little lame but the family enjoyed finding all of items on the list. It's a 1.7 mile round trip and got to see the downtown area.

1 Thank Chelly55
Staten Island, New York
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We did not find all of the sculptures on the trail, but we had a lot of fun looking at the neat ones we did, and the history of Asheville as we went along. It is also a great way to get your familial with the downtown area itself. A fun, relaxing, and free way to explore a bit.

1 Thank Pietrosmom

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