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Urban Trail

Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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Address: Pack Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-259-5498
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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There were some plaques missing (like at the S&W and Grove Arcade)? This is a great idea, but needs to be kept up if they're going to do it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

There were some plaques missing (like at the S&W and Grove Arcade)? This is a great idea, but needs to be kept up if they're going to do it.

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Winston-Salem, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The welcome center and Pack Library have great maps to guide you. This is a fun way to explore Asheville and window shop (or shop) while you walk around.

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Middleboro, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a very short trail, so it is not difficult to walk. We parked at the visitor center, got our map and began walking from there. It adds fun incentive to explore the downtown area.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The public art walking tour of the city of asheville of fun for the kids and and good way for us to see the city. Each time we found a statue or item we would read about it on the map. Both adult and kids enjoyed this.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Asheville is incredibly committed to public art and its local artists. There is no better or more affordable way to enjoy this than to take the self-guided urban trail walk to see the art tucked away on the streets of Asheville. Some of it is hard to find and some of it I never did find, but it is fun... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

As we didn't have very long to spend in Asheville, we decided to do the "Urban Trail" self-guided walking tour. We went to the visitor's centre where I spoke to a very helpful lady who, amongst other things, gave us 2 different maps for the Urban Trail. As we were parked at the visitor's centre, we started the walk halfway... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We walked all over the downtown area. Up and down hills and around and around the area. This was a great way for us to see a lot of Asheville in a day. You can spend as much time or as little time as you wish with this self guided walking tour. We started at about 9:30 and ended around... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

To quote the website: "The Asheville Urban Trail, a walking tour of downtown Asheville, highlights the unique architecture, people, and historic events of the city. The Urban Trail is divided into five distinct eras, each of which has a symbol. These symbols are carved into pink granite blocks placed in the sidewalk along the way for you to follow. All... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I think every downtown needs this. We were able to see a lot of downtown because of this fun activity. A couple spots were missing though /:

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Raleigh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This self-guided tour will help you get the lay of the land and see some key sites, including the Basilica of St. Lawrence, while learning about the history and culture of the city. You can get the pamphlet at the Visitor Education Center... be sure to use the Urban Trail Walking Tour not the commercial tear-off map... both cover the... More 

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