Urban Trail

Urban Trail, Asheville: Address, Phone Number, Urban Trail Reviews: 4/5

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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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Gary L
7 contributions
Sep 2021
Don't rely on navigating this tour with just your mobile phone web browser and map. We spent a lot of time just trying to get oriented and find our way from stop to stop. The talking explanations were good for the 2 or 3 stops we found. But we gave up trying to find them because the map doesn't contain actual addresses or enough alternative clues.
Written October 1, 2021
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK450 contributions
Aug 2021
Asheville has grown and changed so much over the years that it's hard to know what to see and why it's important. This trail is designed to take you past all the things you need to see...and to let you get distracted while you're doing it. The trail is easy to follow because of pretty marks on the sidewalk (and on online map), but you won't want to finish everything because you'll see so much great stuff along the way.
Written August 29, 2021
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William D
Apopka, FL200 contributions
Apr 2021
We did a walking tour of the Urban Trial with a tour guide. The trail has many markers which give information about the history of Asheville. The markers are placed in front of buildings and monuments along with other pieces such as statues or places of commerce. It is informative yet a bit boring by itself. I would definitely suggest a guide to add to the information given or if you are simply out for a walk and would like to follow it to get a bit more knowledge.
Written May 1, 2021
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Dolores R
Jasper, GA9 contributions
Oct 2020
This was done by people in the community and the statues and history is part of the appeal of Asheville. You can also hear more on line even though each statue has a plaque.
Written November 2, 2020
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,242 contributions
Aug 2020
Take as much time as you like, and cover as much of it as you wish, but no matter how little you follow, it will take you past beautiful structures built in a variety of architectural styles, and many interesting and thought provoking examples of street art.
Written September 2, 2020
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NCWebDiva
Asheville, NC25 contributions
Oct 2019
Great way to explore most of downtown without the hassle of getting a guide. Some of the markers have been moved due to construction. A "where's Waldo" kind of way to walk around and view the city.
Written August 20, 2020
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Modernizing
Baltimore, MD244 contributions
Aug 2020
We were really disappointed with the urban trail! It was something I have been looking forward to doing in Asheville. I thought it would be a great way to get to see the city and learn a little bit about its history. Unfortunately, even with a map that I printed off the website we could not figure out how to walk the trail. It needs to be better marked!
Written August 11, 2020
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Soccerdad2
Plymouth, MI107 contributions
Jul 2020
In normal times, this would probably be enjoyable. After the riots / "protests", many buildings were boarded up with leftist graffiti on them. I don't appreciate Asheville allowing graffiti depicting police officers as pigs. Clean it up. There were at least 20 dirty vagrants in the small downtown park. We did not feel safe walking near them. People were "protesting" for free health care near one of the monuments and others were banging drums and screaming something about the USA being bad. In another part of Asheville we saw a car drive by with four USA flags spray painted black. The leftist atmosphere really detracted from our visit.
Written July 5, 2020
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Cathy W
Mills River, NC2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We wandered around Ashville and never found the urban trail until the very end. We asked locals and no one knew what we were talking about. Also, we were there IN June 2020 and I realize Covid is a thing but we weren't allowed to be seated in a restaurant with outdoor seating without a mask (once we were seated we could remove the mask- we left). Also there were a lot of people begging in the city and half of the shops were closed. We saw the outside of some lovely churches but other than that this trip was a bit of a waste. We decided to leave and finally saw the urban trail plaque but no sign to the next one. We left the city.
Written June 25, 2020
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
Oct 2019
We did see tour guides leading groups, but it is intended as a self guided history tour of Ashville, as you follow the markers in the pavement.
Written October 25, 2019
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