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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-5600
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Ranked #19 of 83 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Took us about 2 hrs to tour which was perfect for our family. The new wolf pups were adorable. Multiple levels for viewing animals made it easy to see each animal no matter where they were in the area.

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

No real exotic animals in this zoo, but rather critters that inhabit the Western North Carolina landscape -- bears, wolves, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, otters, deer, owls, hawks, etc. Plus there is an exhibit of farm animals that can be petted. It's a nice scale in a wooded hilly setting that is only a few miles from downtown Asheville. There are... More

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Caryville, Tennessee
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Not a very large place, but very special. Each animal resident has a very large and natural enclosure. It is well maintained and the animals are given enrichment objects to keep them alert. The walk throught the park is not strenuous and is very pleasant. A suggest if you are a snior citizen and do not like stairs. Drive up... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Visited here in 7/17/2014 with two boys, 8 and 6. They enjoyed the center immensely! They were able to see all the animals and particularly loved the bears and lions who were in clear view. The habitats were clean and reflected environments the animals would live in in the wild. We had a wonderful discussion about the red wolves who... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I took my seven year old grandson here and we had a wonderful time. Beautiful, natural exhibits of animals native to North Carolina. Keepers were friendly and very knowledgeable. Lots of room for kids to run.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My daughter LOVED it here! We walked around and around the center several times! Cute spider play ground for the kids to climb and have some fun. Try to catch one of the hands on exhibits where a specific animal will be described in detail and time for Q and A. Beautiful views. Pack a picnic as only soda and... More

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tville, nc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was affordable, friendly, fun and did not take up too much time. Just big enough to be enjoyable. Staff was friendly and accessible.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Entrance fees were reasonable. There is a 3/4 mile walk to see all of the animals. There are vending machines to pick up a quick snack or bottle of water. It took us about an hour to see everything and take tons of pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The nature center is great we live about 45 mins away and enjoy it all yr round!!! The otters are awesome they have a slide buit into their exbit which my children really enjoyed!!! We have seen baby wolves during one of our trips!! They do a trick or treating fest in October and a sleep over with the wolves... More

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Burlington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The WNC Nature Center is FABULOUS. I was so impressed with their red wolves (one of most critically endangered species in the world)--they were gorgeous. Also, I saw my first grey wolf. The staff members also were great. Very informed and happy to talk with visitors about their animals. I highly recommend the WNC Nature Center if you're in the... More

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