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Asheville Urban Trail

From the City of Asheville:

The Asheville Urban Trail is a walking tour of downtown Asheville and 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 mark

ed. 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.

Take a visual tour on your computer here.

Listening options:

  • To downlad all the mp3's in a zipped file click here. Urban-Tour.zip
  • To listen to the individual mp3's below click the link 
  • To save the individual mp3's below right click the link and "save target as...", to a location on your pc.
  1. Introduction
  2. Pack Square
  3. Crossroads
  4. Stepping Out
  5. O'Henry
  6. Immortal Image
  7. Elizabeth Blackwell
  8. Art Deco
  9. Flat Iron Architecture
  10. Cat Walk
  11. Grove's Vision
  12. Historic Hilltop
  13. Guastavino's Monument
  14. Appalachian Stage
  15. Shopping Daze
  16. Marketplace
  17. Legacy of Design
  18. Woodfin House
  19. Wolfe's Neighborhood
  20. Dixieland
  21. Curtain Calls
  22. On the Move
  23. Civic Pride
  24. Past and Promise
  25. Man and Mountain
  26. Ellingtons Dream
  27. Time Remembered
  28. Monument Corner
  29. Brick Artisan
  30. The Block
  31. Hotel District
  32. Conclusion