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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
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+1 828-259-8080
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of...

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 Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA

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Worth a short visit

We weren't there long -- 50 minutes, I think -- but it was well worth a stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some beautiful things, both in the permanent exhibit and in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We weren't there long -- 50 minutes, I think -- but it was well worth a stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some beautiful things, both in the permanent exhibit and in the gift shop.

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the grand kids ages 2 and 4. They had a good time and that's what counts. We all enjoyed watching the reptile keeper put a rattlesnake back in its display. There are a couple of black bears in a large pen, mountain cats and best of all otters. It just felt a bit run down. Our grandson loves tractors... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love visiting these sanctuary, animal nature centers. Well done and interesting. I would reccomend a stop by and enjoy the information and many exhibits.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had great time here! There was much more to the nature center than we were expecting. The otters were a favorite, but the short hike through the nature trails was a close second!

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We visited Tuesday April 11. Arriving right at opening afforded my family the chance to be first in line. We really enjoyed the fact that this facility feature wildlife that was or is native to North Carolina or the southeast. Wolves, bears,coyotes, otters and deer were some of the animals on exhibit and all were active first thing in the... More 

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Lexington, KY
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is located right at the edge of Asheville, but set in a somewhat steep and forested site. Not large, but nice for a 2 hour visit. The girls were disappointed because the bears were not out - their enclosure was being cleaned/mowed. Be sure to pan for gemstones at the sluice. We split an $8 bag between 2 girls... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Very disappointing experience with CSR at the admission desk named Alice. We have a membership at our local zoo at home which qualifies us for 50% off admission into the Nature Center. I contacted the Nature Center via this Facebook page asking what kind of documentation I needed to take advatage of the discount admission and I was told that... More 

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Nice want to spend the afternoon. Kids, including a teen, & adults had a good time. About 2-3 hr trip to see it all.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is not a large place. Animals here cannot be returned to the wild. But, the enclosures are just lovely for the animals and we got good views of all of them. We had two young boys with us who were thrilled with the whole thing. Very informative and organized well. The whole thing can be seen in around 2... More 

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Etowah, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went to the Nature Center with our daughter and grand daughter today. What a pleasant outing. It is suited even for toddlers! Great shaded areas, benches and ramps. We will be back!

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