- Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Weaving through downtown, the 1.7-mile-long Asheville Urban Trail walks visitors through the cultural and architectural history of the city. Created by the city of Asheville to showcase its unique past, each of the trail's 30 stops is marked with a public sculpture that captures an important person or moment in the area's history.
The self-guided tour is divided into five time periods – from the Gilded Age to the present Age of Diversity. The trail starts at Pack Square at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Patton Avenue and circles around the downtown area, arriving back at the square for the final bronze statue. Visitors who want to explore all 30 landmarks should set aside about two hours. Even if you choose not to explore the entire trail, you'll likely see one or two statues during your time downtown.
Travelers and locals alike say the urban trail acts like a scavenger hunt and is the perfect low impact outdoor (and free) activity on a pleasant day. For more information, to obtain a map of the trail or to listen to descriptions of each station, visit the City of Asheville's website.
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