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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Features Animals
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Small but worth it.

It’s not a bad place for the price. We went as a spur of the moment trip. It took us about 45 mins... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jaye S
via mobile
Small, but quaint

After being a member of Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, SC for over 20 years, it’s hard to compare... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharolyn W
Aiken, South Carolina
via mobile
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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 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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“petting zoo” (67 reviews)
“small zoo” (22 reviews)
“native animals” (20 reviews)
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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 1 week ago via mobile

It’s not a bad place for the price. We went as a spur of the moment trip. It took us about 45 mins to walk through. It was a cold trip so the bear wasn’t active but it was still a fun trip. We would...More

Thank Jaye S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After being a member of Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, SC for over 20 years, it’s hard to compare other zoos. This was small, but we went to see the Sicilian donkeys, wolves, coyotes and foxes. This seems to be a great hands-on place for young...More

Thank Sharolyn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about one and a half hours walking around. Many young parents with little ones. A friendly and informative zoo. We saw all the animals, even the black bear. Loved the cougars, otters, and bobcat. A relaxing walk while enjoying seeing animals you rarely...More

Thank Claire C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had been several years since I was there. Some construction activities going on for future improvements. I enjoy the outdoor exhibits. Wolves are awesome. Love going there.

Thank bkl58
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a cold January morning and there was still snow on the ground, but the animals were all out, with the exception of the hibernating bears. My son is 21 months and it was a small enough facility that he was able to...More

Thank Blondebetty123
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We visited on a cold day. We were there for about an hour. We almost had the place to ourselves. Very small zoo but let’s you get very close to the animals. We are used to the Cincinnati zoo, so this was a lot more...More

Thank welltraveledson
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We were here in December so the bears were in their dens, but all of the other animals were out and about. We got some really nice pictures. We had an enjoyable visit here.

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 29 December 2017

We came here the day after Christmas and were pleased to find a zoo in the mountains!! There were a pretty good number of animals on display including otters, birds, cougars, bobcats, snakes, toads, fish, and many others. It may not have some of the...More

1  Thank briantallman3
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Well worth the trip. The whole family will enjoy this experience. Animals are well taken care of ,lots of activities for the family.

1  Thank 001LoveNY
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

What a great time, kids loved it. Just enough to keep them entertained. Not like walking around for hours at a major zoo. Perfectly sized, would def go back again!

Thank Brian C
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2 March 2017|
Response from FriendsofWNCNC | Property representative |
Hi! I would plan for about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the interest of your toddler. There are quite a few Nature Play areas where your little one can explore and play in addition to the animals, so plan to stop on your way... More
Crystal M
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.