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Western North Carolina Nature Center

#12 of 185 things to do in Asheville Features Animals
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Stefan C
Local nature center not very fancy

Took the grand kids ages 2 and 4. They had a good time and that's what counts. We all enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Weaverville, North Carolina
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank Stefan C
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...More

Thank NorthJerseyTraveler8
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.

Thank mototraveler20
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!

1  Thank Susan S
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...More

Thank Lakeboy01
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...More

Thank Laura G
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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...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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.

Thank Jen0719
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...More

Thank fiddlestogo
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!

Thank K F
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We're planning a summer trip to Asheville, and we want to take our son to the nature center. About how much time should I plan for it to take, going through at a leisurely pace with a toddler?
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
We are members of FL Aquarium and I see you are on their reciprocal list, What's the discount for admission?
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.
Are you open on Sat. Nov. 14th
14 November 2015|
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