In a casual two-hour amble about town, a person interested in exploring the city’s quirky and magical past, along with getting to know many of its larger-than-life historical characters, can follow a string of 30 sculptural trail stations directly into Asheville lore. On Asheville Urban Trail, every station calls to mind a historical moment and, for the most part, the achievements of remarkable individuals connected to our little city.
A good place to start is in front of Pack Square Plaza on the west end of Pack Square Park where the “Walk Into History” marker is located in front of Asheville Art Museum. However, any starting point is fine.
You can click through to descriptions of each of the trail’s thirty stations on the Urban Trail’s website (beginning with Station #1, here), and/or view an interactive map of all locations. A printable map is also available. Check out the Urban Trail video or listen to an audio tour of each station. Teachers and students should download the scavenger hunt and teacher’s guide or visit the teacher resources page.