Hood Tours

“Art Driving Social Change”

HoodTours_LOGO-2History. Art. Poetry. Music. Community green spaces. Vivid voices. Grassroots initiatives. The past, present, and future of African-Americans in Asheville is a story of resilience. Learn about this powerful story on Hood Tours. Explore Asheville’s historically African- American neighborhoods with artist, poet and visionary DeWayne Barton. Hood Tours is an intimate, interactive experience that is guaranteed to leave you looking at this mountain town with new eyes.

Hood Tours is a social enterprise that provides opportunities for young people while helping to spark more grassroots economic development in these resilient communities.

Driving Tours occur Thursday through Saturday. Driving tours are available for 4 to 9 people max.  Tour begins at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center,  Cost for a driving tour is $30/adult and $15/youth ages 4-17( taxes and fees are not included).

Walking Tours occur Thursday through Saturday.  Walking tours Burton Street Community (West Asheville) and East End Valley Street (Downtown) are available for groups of 4 to 20 people. Cost  for a walking tour is $20/adult and $10/youth ages 4-17 (taxes and fees are not included). 

All tours last between one and a half and two hours. There is an additional fee for tours requested on Sunday – Wednesday.  Cancellation policy: No refunds on reservations canceled within 24 hour of tour time.  To schedule a private tour or if you have additional question, please contact us.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DeWayne Barton, Hood Tours

Click here to download a PDF of the Hood Huggers Green Book.

Click here to read a Citizen-Times feature story about Hood Tours.

Click here to read a feature in the Laurel Magazine. 

Click here to read a feature in the Mountain Xpress.

Rebuilding Affrilachia: The Art of Resilience