River Arts District

Posted By on January 18, 2021

River Arts District

3.86 miles*; 118 ft. total ascent; Asheville, NC

Today I did a pleasant stroll through Asheville’s River Arts District, which is a part of town mostly occupied by artist’s studios, art galleries, coffee shops, music venues, restaurants, and bars. Most of which are currently either closed or open by appointment only, alas. But you can still enjoy the neighborhood.

Down by the River

In order to make this a loop, I began by walking the less interesting east bank of the French Broad River. It’s still pretty, just all paved and tamed. In this photo you’re looking across the river to my preferred side.

River Arts Sign

They’re quite proud of this area here in Asheville, as you can see from this sign.

Cool Chair

In order to get from the river to the main street through the district, you have to cross train tracks, and there’re only so many places you can do that. I chose the at-grade crossing at Lyman Street. This marvelous chair was bolted to the sidewalk behind this studio.

Bas Relief

This fantastic bas relief sculpture adorned the front of the Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts.

Hurricane Mural

And this adorned a… tire shop? Or a warehouse of some sort? There was no informative signage.

The Phil Mechanic Studio

Really liked this bird mural. A lot.

You can find out more about Asheville’s River Arts District from this website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.

* Mileage includes the walk to and from this route to my house. For obvious reasons, the track does not include that portion of the route.


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