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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: 828-665-2492
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Activities: Walking, Leisure education
Description: Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of...
Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees.
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We are annual members and love this place. Great quiet spot still in the city limits, imagine! I've taken a Bonsai course here so you can get why praise the high heavens about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We are annual members and love this place. Great quiet spot still in the city limits, imagine! I've taken a Bonsai course here so you can get why praise the high heavens about their Bonsai exhibit. The other gardens and as delightful, even a outdoor model train for the kids (and us Dads), and the cafe offers refreshment and food.... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Don't miss the bonsai section of the garden! The trails are of varying lengths...something for everyone.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had only a half day left in our weekend in Asheville, so after breakfast downtown we headed out to the Arboretum. Not too far out of town, about 20 minutes south west of town. Now the first lesson for us was rely on the directions kind of the road signs, since the GPS took us to an employee gate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to visit while in Asheville. Take a guided tour through the nature paths and learn about the plants and trees that are native to North Carolina.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Arboretum has a combination of trails through the woods (with some marked plants) and sidewalks through planned landscapes with unique plant combinations and lovely sculptures.There is a bonsai area that has some lovely miniature landscapes, as well. The menu at the cafe is very good, including some fresh veggies. It was a very hot day when we visited, but... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Nice trails, well-marked. We were birding and saw some great birds. We also took a rest and refreshment in the education center. Beautiful and educational.

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Asheville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Asheville, this is one of those places you go when you've maxed out on downtown. This is a beautiful, quiet, relaxing place with beautiful paths and truly interesting exhibits. The Arboretum holds special exhibits most of the time -- everything from plants to quilts or other crafts. It also has a nice little cafe where you can... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Annual visit. We love the Arboretum Nd we take our dogs for a nice walk/hike. It cost a parking fee to get in...but after that you are free to visit the entire site. If I lived there...would definitely be a member.

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Iowa City, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiully maintained place from the road in and out, to the arbors, to the beds of artistically designed flower beds, to the sculptures. My favorite was the bonsai garden! The simplicity shows off the bonsai trees, very peaceful and elegant. The cafe has nice sandwiches and provides some relief on a very hot day. Found some treasures in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

There are many trails in the Arboretum but I wish they were better marked. It certainly is in a beautiful setting but there is a $12 fee per car, so that will limit how many times we will go there.

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Additional Information about The North Carolina Arboretum

Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: 828-665-2492
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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