This is an easy trail around the lake. It is a beautiful and scenic path displaying nature at it's best. It is a nice escape from the busy street.
We went early in the morning and only encountered a few people which was nice. Do not expect to find huge flowers of every kind, the only kind we encountered were wild ones. The area is kept native but it is beautiful, there are plenty of trails to walk down. Our favorite was the one that ran along the creek... More
The Information Center was closed when we visited, but the Gardens were open. Staff answered questions and were very informative. The map wasn't so great, but the area is not big enough to really get lost They mark many, many trees and plants, which makes it really fun to learn! This was a great place. The Lily Pond was terrific!
I didn't see anything that wasn't wonderful to look at during my stay in Highlands. That said, I hope that in addition to the more well known and dramatic attractions people will visit the Nature Center. It is free, easy to find, easily accessible and you can see it all in an hour. There are well marked trails, a lovely... More
A great place to bring the children for some close encounters with bears and smaller creatures of the hills of North Carolina. The garden includes a lovely tribute of and study about the Cherokee Medicine Wheel and well marked arrangements of flowers and trees.
Quiet and secluded once you enter the Botanical Gardens. The Nature Center is also very nice, well organized and in doors. Parking is limited so be patient. Park across from the Nature Center.
To walk through the botanical garden on it's cool, woodsy paths is a delight. Try to go in early July when all the native rhododendron are in bloom, everywhere. We learned several native plants because of the many plant markers. The trails are soft shredded bark, on mostly flat terrain, short and easy. The pond is outstanding with water lilies... More
The Nature Center has been a special place to visit for our family for many years. Wonderful exhibits and meandering walk around the pond. They often have speakers in the evenings and day time activities for families. Highly recommend!
This is a hidden gem. The grounds provide an hour or so of strolling among flowers, natural settings, pond and creek. The nature center building has extensive exhibits of NC wildlife and brief descriptions. And it's donation based. You will not be disappointed.
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