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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern...more
All reviews petting zoo native animals otter feeding red wolves river otters kids and adults whole family all ages the barn north carolina couple hours great place to visit spend an afternoon on display bears enclosures wnc
My MIL, husband and myself spent about 1.5 hours there on an overcast Sunday afternoon. One of our party is a veteran and got in free! My husband and I seem to gravitate to zoos or nature centers whenever we travel, and this was a...More
The WNC Nature center is unique in that all critters are native or live in the region. Even the newest exhibit which opens Thursday is based on an animal that lived in this area 5 million years ago. Welcome Red Pandas Phoenix and Leafa to...More
Although to call it a zoo is a bit of a stretch,it did have a decent selection of animals,although whether or not you see them is hit or miss.The big cats were asleep and the bears didnt come out,but the otters were active as were...More
What a beautiful grounds and facility! I was really impressed with WNC. The walkways throughout the grounds are almost all covered in shade thanks to extremely tall trees. It had a very natural feel to it, unlike many other nature centres with animals. It was...More
River otters, wolves, owls, and more - but the bear was hiding again. My husband and I visit the WNC Nature Center every time we're in Asheville and we always enjoy it - especially watching the river otters swim and play. This time it was...More
Great place to visit with young children. Well laid out with a trail to follow where you can see a nice selection of wild animals. There are also several interactive activities for young children alon the way. Lions and tigers and bears! Plan to spend...More
We went in the morning around 10am..
Animals including the bears & wolves were moving freely in a clean adaptive environment.This is not zoo..
Took about 1 1/2 hr to easily walk the paved paths.
Service people were informative and available for questions.
So this place is really nice, it’s got really cool animals, and they certainly have a great plan for the future. But it would have been nice to have a little cafe here, so there was somewhere to eat and drink, and also the construction...More
Response from AmeriCorps M | Property representative |
Hi there! You are welcome to bring food with you into the park, there is just no food allowed near the NC Farm petting area. There are picnic tables on the mid level of the park near the gift shop cabin.