Turns out, urban hiking is a very real thing in many cities, including, “The Land of the Sky.” A quick Google search revealed this: “The Asheville Urban Trail was begun by the City of Asheville as part of its ongoing program to improve the quality of our city through the display of public art. This self-guided tour…is perfect for any history buff or architecture lover, local or tourist, downtown stroller or urban explorer alike. Asheville’s history is rich, and the Urban Trail highlights upon five distinct time periods that are signified by pink granite markers in the sidewalk.”
Sounded like a good time to me!
Larry and Aidan were out roughing it with the Boy Scouts for the weekend, so my comrades consisted of Paige, Wogene, and our good friend, Kaylee. I wasn’t sure if the stations would hold their attention for the entire walk, but I shouldn’t have worried. Finding the markers and artwork became like a treasure hunt to them, and along the way we darted in and out of several stores that caught our eye.
|The “catwalk” on Wall St. has an interesting story behind it!|
|We love the quirky shops in Asheville!|
|Porcine meets pedestrian|
There is a great brochure and map one may obtain from the visitor’s center or a more basic version can be found online. Along the route, there are 30 stations, each which include a piece of art and/or a bronze plaque that describes the station. The entire route is a quick and easy 1.7 miles.
We indeed learned a great deal about the history of Asheville’s architecture as well as famous historical residents and events. It was a fabulous day of experiential learning in a city that stole my heart nearly twenty years ago and hasn’t let go since. Go see it for yourself!
|Did you know our country’s first female physician lived in Asheville? This sculpture was created in her honor.|
|Ouch! Hot iron in front of the Flat Iron Building!|
|Lou loved the Appalachian musicians|
|The girls especially liked the sculpture representing shopping!|
|They were fascinated with the interactive “On the Move” exhibit|
|Did you know Asheville has gargoyles?!|
1500K for Shining Rock Update:
Miles hiked on this trip: 5.1
Miles remaining: 774.1
To date, we have reached 72.6% of our $25,000 goal for Shining Rock Classical Academy’s experiential programming!! THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed!! In order to fully fund our school’s experiential programming, we’d love to raise the entire amount for them! If you’d like to contribute, you can:
1. Send a check to 222 Methodist Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745, made out to Shining Rock Classical Academy.
2. Click on this link and you’ll be taken to Crowd Rise, an online fundraising website, where you can donate with a credit card.
All contributions are tax deductible and we will send you a receipt with our 501c3 information.