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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-5600
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Ranked #17 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals and poultry, plus a wide variety of animals on display, from bears and bats... more » Owner description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals and poultry, plus a wide variety of animals on display, from bears and bats to spiders and snakes. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Great visit! We were looking for something to do Friday afternoon and saw the center advertised online. The admission was very reasonable and we saw all sorts of animals indiginous to North Carolina from cougars to gray wolves, birds, black bears and red foxen. We had a great time learning about all of the animals and saw some I had... More

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Millis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were visiting friends living in the Asheville area who suggested that we 3 couples go to the WNC Nature Center as an afternoon activity. We enjoyed the visit immensely as it was not like a zoo but more like a park with the animals behind fences. Most of the animals, birds and reptiles were active or... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My family and I were looking for something to do for a few hours before our zip lining experience. Our hosts at the B & B recommended the Nature Center which was on our way to the zip location. The price was very reasonable at only $8 per person. We enjoyed casually walking around and seeing all the animals. They... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My daughter loves animals and we saw a billboard for the WNCNC that said come see the red foxes. So, we did. We were not disappointed. The nature center is nicely laid out and full of animals indiginous to the WNC region. We even were lucky enough to get to hear the wovles howl while we were exploring the nature... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My husband and I were in town for the weekend when came across the nature center. For just $8 we got to see a lot of animals and enjoy the petting zoo. We had a blast! We will definitely come back again!

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We enjoyed the walk through this natural zoo in Asheville. They have 42 acres of exhibits of animals inside and out. Many of the animals were sleeping when we were there but we still saw quite a few. Great for families.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was a cold & rainy day when we visited the nature center in March. We wanted to stop after several hours of driving on our way to Georgia. Despite the dreary weather we loved our visit. There was one staffer that was slightly condescending but she didn't put much of a damper on our visit. The bears were in... More

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Craig, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I looked at the reviews from people who said the enclosures are "overgrown." I'm so happy they are overgrown because it gives the animals shade and cover. Sure, you have to look for them, but that's a good thing. If you were out on a hike looking around, this is how you would see the animals, and I'm sure having... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We often go to walk our dogs along the creek and through the small hills. You can run there, mountain bike, walk, sit and enjoy peace and quiet, see beautiful exhibits, take classes, take photos of the flowers and much more. A great place with family, friends and even alone.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place is simply wonderful. The animals have a lot of area to roam in, and it's obvious that they are well loved and taken care of. The otters are a delight to watch as they frolic and play with each other, and the wolves (red and grey are simply majestic to observe. Overall, you and your children will love... More

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