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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8080
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Description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals...
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.
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Have been several times. Always get a good view of the animals. They seem to be taken real good care of. The place is spotless. Will continue to go for years to come.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Bryson City
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Bryson City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Have been several times. Always get a good view of the animals. They seem to be taken real good care of. The place is spotless. Will continue to go for years to come.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The nature center is a way to spend a perfect afternoon. The terrain is easy to maneuver. The animals are varied and interesting. It's a great place for young and old alike.

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great little zoo/nature center. They are making more improvements as well, but the construction noises did not distract from our visit. All of the exhibits are open and there are several viewing points for each animal. Great was to start an afternoon in Asheville and not a far drive away from the city's center.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My kids (ages 1 and 3) absolutely love going here. The wolves, the otters, the bears, they just captive these little ones. There are play areas and interactive things for the kids to do all over the place. The staff is wonderful. There is a focus on conservation as well. A must see in Asheville.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great small "zoo" although all the animals are native to the area so it's very educational and informative as well. Loved watching the otters!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It's very small, and very basic, but families on a budget looking for something uncomplicated and child-centered should stop by. The river otters are especially adorable

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Asheville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Our kids have grown up going to the Nature Center and we have really enjoyed our times there. One of the highlights was several years ago when we attended the special event on Groundhog Day complete with meeting Andie MacDowel (actress from the funny movie Groundhog Day who lives in WNC) who was there to judge whether the live ground... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Looking for a fun filled day with your family and lots of different animals. The WNC Nature Center experience is terrific. You'll be glad you did and you will be back - guaranteed!

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Arden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The habitats are well maintained and humane. It offers a nice hike in the woods, or just a shorter one to see the interesting exhibits. We lived here a couple of years before visiting, and were sorry we didn't come sooner. A great place for both kids or just adults.. Different from a zoo... Better!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A little hidden reputable accredited zoo (be careful, North Carolina has plenty of roadside torture chambers for animals such as bears) we had all to ourselves on a frosty January day. My husband took me here as a surprise, he knows how passionately I feel about wolves, and it was worth the outdoor time. The animals have a good deal... More 

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