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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 84 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This place is simply wonderful. The animals have a lot of area to roam in, and it's obvious that they are well loved and taken care of. The otters are a delight to watch as they frolic and play with each other, and the wolves (red and grey are simply majestic to observe. Overall, you and your children will love... More

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Elon College, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I know it's not called a zoo, but this is a great little zoo. Reasonably priced, $8.00 a person, and the exhibits they have give you a good view of the animals. My wife and I have been here twice and on both occasions an ambulance has passed by with the siren on and caused the wolves to howl, very... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Don't expect a full blown zoo. This is a nature center with well thought out enclosures for a variety of wild life that could be found in a local environment. It is well thought out and enjoyable for younger children

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Hickory, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We've been going to Asheville for years, but have never stopped at the nature center. We're glad we stopped in our one of our recent trips. It's not large as far as zoos go, but it is well maintained and you can tell the employees take pride in it. It's one of the few fully accredited zoos, and that comes... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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300 reviews 300 reviews
81 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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