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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A staple

This place has been around since I was growing up in Asheville a long time ago. It's super fun for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon

My MIL, husband and myself spent about 1.5 hours there on an overcast Sunday afternoon. One of our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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“petting zoo”(68 reviews)
“native animals”(20 reviews)
“otter feeding”(17 reviews)
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
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place has been around since I was growing up in Asheville a long time ago. It's super fun for families with small kids. Definitely a great outing to see some animals and get fresh air.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CPMoser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bnh822_2019
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Debbie P
Reviewed 3 February 2019

Interesting and very beautiful...informative and enjoyable. Definitely a family day, or a serene place to spend the day with someone you love connecting with nature.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Michele P
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tojo72
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

We loved this place. With a teenager and three kids under 10, this nature center kept all of us engaged. Well with the entrance price.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank heatheriseminger
Reviewed 13 December 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank trvlwrldgrl
Reviewed 12 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Steve K
Reviewed 29 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IMHunter
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank JHofstetter
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11 February 2019|
Response from tojo72 | Reviewed this property |
$10.95 regular $7.95 Buncombe County resident Senior discounts available
26 August 2018|
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Response from 216beths | Reviewed this property |
We used a gps and had no issues
9 June 2018|
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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.