Many murals are telling the stories of communities large and small throughout the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina, and the new Appalachian Mural Trail (AMT) will link them together and provide information and access to these outdoor artworks.
The AMT aims to bring visitors to these communities, thus not only enhancing the interpretation of history and culture to be found there, but also to support local economies. Presently, there are murals in twelve counties, all located in communities near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trail organizers intend to inspire other small Appalachian communities to create their own high quality outdoor heritage murals, with paintings of folk tales, Cherokee legends, mountain music, and the beauty of the land.
“Our vision for the Appalachian Mural Trail is to link the outdoor historical mountain murals near the Blue Ridge Parkway together as one trail. People can enjoy the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains through experiencing nature while learning about our mountain ways as they travel into the towns and communities on a mural quest, a cultural treasure hunt,” says Doreyl Ammons Cain, mural trail Director.
The AMT’s website, will be an interactive resource to guide visitors to all murals on the trail. Communities interested in joining the trail are encouraged to contact Ms. Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org.