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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 #16 of 79 Attractions 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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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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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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novi,mi
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A small hike through cleverly designed animal habitats is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. There are trails and elevated walkways with informative plaques describing each display. Clean bathrooms available and helpful staff.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The day we went it was a high of 36 degrees outside, so needless to say it was COLD and windy! We were the only people in the Nature Center that day but we had a wonderful time. The nature center is incredibly clean and well maintained. We got to see the otter feeding which was very fun and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We spent a few hours here in Nov 2014. My children ages 6 and 3 enjoyed it. 3 hours is the most time that you would spend here.

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Hillsborough
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited the Western NC Nature Center on our recent trip to Asheville. Our friends had never been to a zoo and they enjoyed seeing all the animals there. We saw otters (and got to see them enjoy being fed!), wolves, cougars, deer, owls, snakes and more. The center is relatively small. We spent about 2 hours there although you... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Even though it was a cold day with drizzle off and on, three generations of my family had a great time here! We were on a week long after Christmas vacation to the mountains of NC. My two year old especially loved the otters and the cougars. My parents enjoyed seeing everything too. The only thing that I wasn't aware... More 

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Amherst, New York
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My husband and I walked along the trails checking out the various enclosures. It was very peaceful and since we got there early, a lot of the animals weren't out (like the otters). When we left we finally got to see the Otters in Otter Falls having a great time. Photos were difficult to take at times. However, the enclosures... More 

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