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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-5600
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Ranked #16 of 80 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visited on a warm sunny day. The zoo was very clean and very peaceful while walking around. There are deer, wolves, otters and even bears even though we didn't see the bears while we were there. This is fun for the whole family. There is also a couple of playground areas for the children. Loved seeing the animals at... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a great time at the nature center. I found that the animals had plenty of space to roam around and seemed very content. We pretty much had the whole palce to ourselves (we went on a weekday in March and got there right when it opened), and enoyed watching the courgars and wolves lay around soaking up the... More

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Growing up in NC I am familiar with Appalachian animals, but the WNC Nature Center puts them all in one place so that you can learn more about them as well as observe them in the habitats the nature center has created for them. The park is easy to walk around in with access and each of the habitats are... More

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is fun for all ages. There wasn't a large crowd at all which was nice because you could get a good site of the animals. You could see every animal and even though most of them were sleeping, there's nothing you could do about it. They take great care of the animals and the staff was very friendly. There... More

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Milford
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Stopped in while visiting family in Asheville. Spent about an hour and a half there walking around seeing the various animals. The otters were cool to watch, especially during feeding time. Since we went in the middle of the winter, the bears were hibernating, so they weren't in their enclosures. All of the other animals were out though. While it... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is our favorite place to spend time as a family. We bought a pass when we moved here, and have been lots of times. Our favorite days to go are weekdays in the summer when it isn't so busy. It is easily walkable for young children, but there is a lot to see. The animals are almost always visible.... More

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were excited to check out the WNC - Lucky for us as Members of the NC Aquariums we got to get in for free and a perk! This was a nice way to let the little one run around and check out the Native Animals. Make sure to see the Otters!!

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I have visited the WNC Nature Center in all seasons and its always fun. Its not too big, but has a nice variety of animals - otters, wolves, bears, bobcat, cougars, and more. This time they added a new rope spider web for climbing. Lots of fun for the kids.

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Dadeville, Alabama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Small nature center with local wildlife (only) on display in superb habitats. They have a little petting area, a terrific climbing area, and you won't find anything like it anywhere else. Clean as a whistle too!

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Asheville NC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This is a carefully constructed nature center which appeals to all ages but, especially to kids under 10.

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