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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8080
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Ranked #28 of 168 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals and poultry, plus a wide...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My 5 yr old and I did a play date and the boys had so much fun! They liked seeing the animals that are native to WNC and the big spiders!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My family and I made many trips to the WNCNC and my daughter volunteered there, so I might be slightly biased. I think it's a gem of a place to see and learn about indigenous species of western NC. The wolves are beautiful, the otters so much fun to watch. The staff is knowlegable and friendly. It's a nice place... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband, two children, and I traveled for a mini-vacation in Asheville. We decided to try the nature center. We are familiar with the roomy area of the Oatland Island Nature Center in Savannah, Georgia, and I was a little disappointed when I could see some of the enclosures from the road. This place is perched on the side of... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stopped by the WNC Nature Center while on a mini-vacation in Asheville. It was a nice little excursion while we were there. Affordable admission, and actually got to see all the animals on site except for the bears, who were hibernating. We will visit again, maybe when its warmer! Educational exhibits were scattered throughout, and they also had a... More 

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South Carolina
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63 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Seems like a lot of space for few animals. Good for the animals. Tough on the humans. :) Maybe it's because we've usually gone in cold months and the animals are hiding away.

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Marion, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Make sure you go in the morning or afternoon or you'll miss the animals. They are indigenous. The red fox, wolves, bears...all are wonderful. This is one of the few in the nation that are totally based on local species. It was almost closed due to budget cuts, but the community came together to keep it open.

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