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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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This place has an awesome, seemingly well cared for, variety of native (or at least they used to be) animals to the Southern Appalachian region. A great day trip or stop for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Moore, South Carolina
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Moore, South Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This place has an awesome, seemingly well cared for, variety of native (or at least they used to be) animals to the Southern Appalachian region. A great day trip or stop for animal lovers!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We loved the concept of a zoo with local animals. My daughter really enjoyed the petting zoo, and a zoo keeper in the Appalachian building pulled out a corn snake for kids to meet and touch. We got to see the wolves and otters eating, and having a slide by the otters and the arachnid play area was great for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We found this on a visitor's guide to Asheville, and decided to go last minute. It was awesome! Really cheap to get in and lots of animals to see. Recommend to anyone who loves animals! Don't forget to check out the black bear!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a pretty neat place for a family visit. I was reluctant to come here because I'm such a fan of the zoo. But when you are out of town, and looking for family fun, this is definitely the place for it. This center has a pretty solid number of animals that live in... More 

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Bloomfield, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is an oasis of animals and plants which are indigenous to the Western North Carolina area compressed onto 42 acres in delightful settings. The Otter Falls exhibit is a special favorite of my husband's. Everytime we go to Asheville, we always come back for a visit because we see something new. We also like... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We became members when we moved back to the area last year with our daughter. We go to the nature center at least twice a month so between that and the reciprocal benefits with other facilities it more than pays for itself. It's a great place to take a child for a few hours on a whim or planned. It... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We spent about an hour or two at this place, and it was quite interesting. Quite a variety of animals and a good activity to do while you are there. The snake exhibit was definitely cool and the of course all the animals were out and about a little lazy but you could see them all.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Inexpensive (or free if you have a NC zoo pass) fun for the family. Animals are always out and they have interactions throughout the day w/ keepers and animals so you can ask questions. My kids love it!

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Asheville,NC
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It is wonderful to view animals in their native habitats since all are indigenous to this area. The displays are very clean and well-maintained, and the animals appear healthy and content. The indoor exhibits are nicely-displayed with ample opportunity for interaction. Grounds are great for picnics and easy hiking.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a small, interesting little zoo with mostly native species, including Red and Gray Wolves. Some enclosures were empty, maybe because the animals were indoors. It was a pleasant diversion during our stay.

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