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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 18282598080
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species...
Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA
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Enjoyable wildlife center

We've been here quite a few times and the center is expanding. Kids loved this place when they were little but still enjoy visiting to see the wolves. Conveniently located and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We've been here quite a few times and the center is expanding. Kids loved this place when they were little but still enjoy visiting to see the wolves. Conveniently located and very easy to get to. Parking can be a little difficult if the center is busy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

There is a lot of walking and good exercise involved. You get to see the animals in a natural habitat... Most were sleeping when we went by about 11 am but it was fun for the kids. and we all enjoyed the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the layout of this place - set up on a large loop with lovely shaded paths and elevated walkways, offering great viewing areas of each wildlife enclosure. The wildlife habitats were large and "natural". We liked viewing the bears from above. We arrived just in time to see a cute lil program on owls, and each of... More 

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Homosassa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A nice place to bring kids to allow them a close-up look of local wildlife. Laid out so that it balances space for the animals with good viewing. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Just recently went with our grandsons, 4 years and 20 months old. They both had a blast. They just added a ropes climbing activity making a good rest stop for the adults. They are also adding restrooms in that area. Very needed because currently the only ones are in the front entrance. A good variety of animals and a VERY... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit for a quick nature fix! We love visiting nature centers and zoological parks. This center features an easy route and you can easily spot the animals in their enclosures. It was nice to see native wildlife and gain a deeper appreciation for what is, or once was, in our own backyard. We breezed through in an... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

From groundhogs to wolves to Bobcats to Cougars this place is great. We watched the otters being fed. It is great to have a resource like this in our back yard. We were there for about three hours and we will be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took our grandchildren to the center because our grandson loves wolves. The price was reasonable. Parking was no problem. The restroom was very clean and well supplied. Loved the reptile exhibit. The children enjoyed seeing all the snakes, turtles, frogs and other reptiles that were found in the region. The petting zoo had some sheep, goats and donkeys but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This wildlife center is a fun little trip to take whilst in Asheville, NC. There are a lot of animals here and they were all in clean habitats. It didn't take long for my husband and I to walk around the center, but we took our time. There are plenty of activities for children and is a definite must see... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I don't frequent zoos, but when I heard how many acres this was, I decided to try it. The nature trails are beautiful, but these poor wild animals are in such small cages for their size. Didn't like it.

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