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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-259-8080
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Ranked #18 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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Asheville, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I have been going to the nature center even before I moved to asheville and lived not too far from it for a few years. It's a great place to go instead of traveling long distances to go to a zoo. The river otters are always fun to see and they also have bears, birds, wolves and other creatures as... More

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Walt Disney World, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of nature very quiet The bonzie garden is worth seeing, also the formal area. This has more work to be done but a great start, will definitely be back.

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Marietta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great alternative to visiting the zoo. We first visited the "farm" area where our grandchildren (ages 2 and 4 years) enjoyed petting the "kids". They played in the barn with kid-sized shovels, rakes, and a wheelbarrow. The favorites were the river otters (who put on quite a water show), the wolves and the foxes. It was great... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We recently enjoyed an interesting and educational visit to the Western North Carolina Nature Center with our preschool age granddaughter. The animals cared for at the center were very active and easily viewed. Our granddaughter enjoyed the petting area as well as learning about all the animals. Our favorite exhibit was probably the otters. We were able to go out... More

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Harrisburg
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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The place is basically a mini-zoo and nicely has parking and a layout that nicely caters to strollers and wheelchairs. Warning here though that the place is built on hilly area and spans a decent stretch, so expect that you will have to do decent amount of walking and on reasonable inclines (which are mostly shaded making it a very... More

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My Wife and I decided to go up to the Nature Center, by ourselves. We always take our Children or Grand Kids, but now we can watch the sites instead of the worries of watching family. The otters, wolves, cats and bears all seemed to be lazy this day. The Coyotes was active for they jump and played as they... More

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Potomac, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a great place for families and enjoyable for adults as well. It's a little on the small side but definitely a few good things to see especially the sea otters and brown bears up close.

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Cameron, North Carolina
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41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very nice, small nature center with lots of local animals. I wish they had marked the trees so that you knew what type they were. The animals were kept in nice enclosures with lots of room. Not a great facility if handicapped. Lots of stairs or long uphill walks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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