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“A Fine Way to Spend A Day!”
Review of Urban Trail

Urban Trail
Ranked #61 of 204 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We wanted to see the downtown area, and boy was this the way to do it! We really like walking, so we decided to put on some comfy shoes and head out on the Urban Trail. We learned lots of cool history about the area and saw some pretty stunning architecture. Along the way there are plenty of restaurants and small shops to check out, but be aware that most won't provide public bathrooms unless you are purchasing something, so plan accordingly. We parked in the parking deck off Biltmore Street, walked a block to start the tour, and ended up back at the deck at the last stop on the Trail. Foursquare users can check in at the different spots on the trail and geocachers can use marker 21 of the Trail for fulfilling the requirements of a virtual cache on geocaching.com. We had a great time and highly recommend this venture! While some have done the Trail in two hours, we moseyed and made it about four hours of leisurely fooling about, reading plaques, checking in on Foursquare, and caching. Part of the four hours was because we also stopped at the St. Lawrence Basilica, had lunch, shopped with some street vendors, and waited out a thunderstorm in a lobby.

Thank April R
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We traveled to Asheville on a budget, so we decided that the free walking tour was a great activity for us. We downloaded the audio guide before hand onto our Iphone and used ear buds to listen to the narration. If you do the walk without a tour guide (like we did), the audio companion guide is a must. Most of what the tour highlighted was architecture-related and Asheville definitely has some interesting buildings!
The map isn't that accurate and often the markers on the map are located on the wrong side of the street from where the sidewalk markers are located, but don't get too caught up with finding the markers! So much of the tour is about the history of buildings, and even if you aren't standing directly next to the marker you can still see the building. When using an MP3 player with a screen, a picture of the object/building you are supposed to be looking at pops up for each stop, which definitely helps when the sidewalk markers are proving to be a little difficult to find.

1  Thank KKovich
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We recommend the Ashville Urban trail for everyone including those that have just a little trouble walking. Every part was either level or a little downhill. Find the square cement markers early in the trail - once you see the first one - they are all easy to follow. A few of the sculptures were just a little tricky to see but that was a part of the fun and excitement. We had printed the map off the internet for a head start but then picked up the smooth professional one at Pack Square. It is also a good idea to have the downtown Ashville map available as well. This probably takes about two hours but we stopped at a brewary midway through and had drinks and cheese, jelly, and crackers. There are plenty of places to eat, shop and take photos along the way. This was also a great way to learn the history of Asheville and keep the kids interested.

1  Thank ggthor
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

My family including children (7 & 9 years old) and grandparents really enjoyed this walk through Asheville. No complaining from our kids on this walk since they had a lot of fun navigating with the free map that we picked up at the art museum on Pack Square and then searching for the statues and other monuments marking the stations along the trail. Even the grandparents learned a few things despite having lived near Asheville for years.

1  Thank TitoDulce
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Great if you don't want a strenuous hike and you aren't from Asheville. My husband and I did this at an afternoon date. It took longer than we anticipated and we got a little lost near the end and ended up not finishing so that we could get some food for our growling stomachs. It took us through areas of Asheville we had been to before but also to places we had not. It also explained some history and meaning behind the many statues/monuments we had seen around but knew nothing about.

1  Thank ASHLEY C
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