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The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Nice walk not too big...beautiful

Go early when its cool. Its free and the landscaping cant be beat. We spent about an hour there. I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Google G
Romantic and whimsical

My husband and I visited to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We had fun wandering through the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jennifer M
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bonsai exhibit” (183 reviews)
“quilt garden” (83 reviews)
“parking fee” (66 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed yesterday

Go early when its cool. Its free and the landscaping cant be beat. We spent about an hour there. I liked the lollipop trees and the shed with vegitation grown in top.

Thank Google G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We had fun wandering through the gardens. The bonzai garden was very neat to see.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the two mile hike down to the stream on well maintained trails. Enjoyed the bonsai garden. Children would love the model railroad.

Thank 0106
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The formal plantings are attractive and the bonsai and special displays in the visitor center are well worth seeing. There are nice walking trails to extend your visit. If you enjoy seeing flowers this is your place. A nice feature is that admission is free...More

Thank steve r
Reviewed 2 days ago

The bonsai display is unbelievable and worth the visit. The walking paths meandering around the gardens can be walked at your own pace. The restaurant offers delicious snacks or a light meal. Hoping to return soon. The membership is well worth the cost.

Thank MediaLadyMN
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were pleased to see quite a few varieties of plants and flowers, as well as a very interesting bonsai exhibit. Their exhibit of the monarch butterfly was also quite interesting. Recommended stop as you come off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thank Lakeguytx49
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Want lots of trails to walk along with seeing some beautiful gardens? Then this is the place. Set in our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is this gem. For just a flat fee per car you have all day access. Walk among the many trails throughout...More

Thank shan91402
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These gardens are really beautiful and very peaceful. A lot of different varieties of trees and flowers and very affordable. A great way of spending an afternoon with your better half.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 5 days ago

After one hike here-we bought a membership. Now it is we can decide how strenuous we want to hike in an every changing out door environment. When we are done a nice restaurant and shops!

Thank Snickers224
Reviewed 5 days ago

This arboretum has too many vistas to tell! The plantings along with the structures just make it a breathtaking place to explore! I imagine living here and this being my land and for just a little while, during my visit, I feel as though I...More

Thank Imsoleil
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8 June 2017|
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Response from Elaine D | Reviewed this property |
copied from their web-site: The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. The first Tuesday... More
6 February 2017|
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Response from Whitney S | Property representative |
Thanks for reaching out and we look forward to having you! All facilities will be open in April (including the Baker Exhibit Center). Most hiking trails are dirt/gravel and the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
18 December 2016|
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Response from Lesa L | Reviewed this property |
When we were there there was a coffee/sandwich area .... but not something I would plan for a meal. I think they had some remade sandwiches, cookies, chip bags, coffee and soda. You ordered at the window and picked it up... More