Public Art Program

The Asheville Urban Trail Walking Tour

cat walk stop on urban trail

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 street crosswalks for the trail are marked. Enjoyed in its entirety, the walking tour requires approximately two hours to complete.  The map in this brochure identifies each of the 30 stations by a number.  All 30 stations include a piece of art and/or a bronze plaque that describes the station.  Click here to take an interactive audio visual tour of Asheville's Urban Trail.

To download the Urban Trail walking tour map click here. 

Or pick up Urban Trail brochure/guide maps at the following locations.

The Asheville Public Art Collection

As you explore Asheville, you'll see a number of sculptures and other pieces of art. The “Energy Loop”; the Deco Gecko in Pritchard Park; the murals in the City Hall chambers; the bronze life-size sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. at MLK Park; the more than 30 sculptures and plaques along the Urban Trail are all part of Asheville’s public art collection.

Go to the Public Art Collection & Urban Trail Google Map here.

Public Art Master Plan  

The Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) was completed in 2000 and re-adopted in November, 2008. Click here to review the PAMP.

Public Art & Cultural Commission

The board meets the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 4:00 p.m., in the 1st floor conference room of City Hall. The normal length of the meeting is one to two hours.    More about the Public Art & Cultural Commission here.


For more information about Public Art & the Urban Trail contact:

Community & Economic Development
Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist
Phone: 828-259-8050 direct or 828-232-4505
Email:  bmills@ashevillenc.gov

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