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North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
828-665-2492
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Ranked #4 of 80 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Gardens, National Parks, Educational Sites
Activities: Walking, Leisure education
Traveler Description:     Young or old,  male or female,  gardeners or non, hikers, bikers, and all, love the North Carolina Arboretum year round.  The views are... more »
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penang
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188 reviews 188 reviews
73 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

You have to be pretty cynical not to like this place. A huge arboretum that allows you to walk along trails, that has some magnificent trees, nature trails, gardens and oceans of space just to run around. We went along the mountain trail and then the natural garden trail - all well signposted and about 4 miles in total. Past... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to walk through the grounds, see whatever exhibit is being shown and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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97 reviews 97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The entrance is free, you pay to park. Not a bad deal at all. The building is very nice and modern. They have special exhibits all the time so it changes and is worth visiting many times a year. My favorite is the Bonsai tree exhibition. You can hike in from the trails about a mile or two down if... More

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The trails here are numerous, varied, and beautiful. The time of year determines what kind of beauty is found. The visitor's center is well done, as is the education center. Something for everyone. There are many varied garden areas that are great photo ops no matter what time of year. I am always drawn to the bonsai exhibit: amazing. Check... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I am not exactly sure what the two major buildings are for. Both buildings are beautiful. Certainly not what you would expect for a state facility. The lowest bidder did not build this place. They had a dinosaur exposition in one and the other had a cafe and a bunch of class rooms. The dinosaur exposition took about 10-15 minutes.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Arboretum grounds include a Bonsai exhibit and many native plants as well as programs. Great trails along creekways and special gardens within the trail system. Wide accessible trails for biking and hiking. Dog friendly. Meandering streams and abundant forest make it one of the cooler places to walk in the summer. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and about... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

From exhibits to many trails to diverse plant setting the NC Arboretum offers a first class experience in the appreciation of the bio diversity of the NC mountains.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful plantings, well-labeled. Hiking trails abound. Education center with exhibits. Fountains, artwork and greenhouses. Make sure you have good walking shoes.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a very well appointed arboretum with an excellent visitor center and an education center. The gardens were lovely at this time of year - we particularly enjoyed the bonsai exhibit and the hardy plant garden. There are ample trails for light hiking in this mountain setting. The Thyme Cafe there serves excellent lunches.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Got Married here last week! (4/4/14) The wedding planner was very helpful. She offered many alternatives as far as sites at the facility, and back up plans in case of bad weather (Good thing, as it was threatening Thunderstorms!) We had an amazing ceremony, and recommend it for anyone looking to do a wedding with an environmentally minimal footprint. Worth... More

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