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Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

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Address: Highlands, NC
Phone Number: 828-526-2602
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This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a...

This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a botanical garden replete with 450 species of trees, ferns and flowers.

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Oldest Botantical station!

Ive been going here for 60 years and it still continues to teach. Maybe what I like about it most is the its the same stuffed birds, the giant tree with rings, and the moss... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
johnnyv333
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Brevard, North Carolina
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Brevard, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ive been going here for 60 years and it still continues to teach. Maybe what I like about it most is the its the same stuffed birds, the giant tree with rings, and the moss garden. Its a walking treat around the lake.

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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292 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this location with my husband and mother. My mother was unable to do the walk. I took it by myself not realizing there are so many trails to choose from. I did a brief loop to see some of the natural foliage. Would be great if I had a longer time and wasn't walking in the forest alone.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice and open trails. Well maintained. Areas are preserved in their native habitat. Dogs/pets may walk with you through the outdoor trails but not inside the center. Relaxing and enjoyable several hours roaming on our own.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Wonderful staff and great trails in a small space. Loved the diversity of plants and topography. Special shout-out to Russell.

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Tampa, Florida
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122 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

The Nature Center has lots of interesting exhibits showing the animals, birds, and plants of the area. It has an active bee hive with an entrance in the outside the wall of the center. The Botanical Garden has an amazing number of plants. It would be truly awesome when the flowers are blooming. For plant lovers, this is definitely a... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I'd hoped to enroll in a class or seminar, however the opportunities were not aligned with my schedule this summer so I gave in and went without a plan or intro. I'm very familiar with the NC Botanical Garden and Duke Gardens (native plant section) in central NC, and my mind was blown by the extravagant heathy rainforest, native gardens,... More 

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LADSON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Wow, I can't believe I haven't been here before! My kids are now 5 & 3 and this was a perfect place to take them. Inside the center was a whole children's room with things to explore and plenty of books, kids tables etc. In the main gallery there was a whole table of nature items to touch, animals skins,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We were looking a relatively easy hike on a beautiful summer day in the highlands. It is about a half mile to sunset mountain. Easy trail but a bit of an incline. You can drive up but the walk was nice. Beautiful view. Also went through the trails at the botanical garden. Easy trails and very pretty.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Wow - this place is amazing! We had no idea this was in Highlands near downtown. Great walks and a fun nature center. Inspired: looking for salamanders near Mary's garden Atmosphere: a beautiful place to learn and wander Food and drink: we brought our own Parking: easy and free Discovered: from locals hiking nearby Fee: donations are appreciated Return: YES... More 

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Titusville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We stopped for a brief visit at the education and garden center. We were very impressed with the education center and hands on activities. The mile walkway through the woods was well planned and easy to negotiate, All subjects are named and the walkway is well maintained. Guided tours available. A very nice visit.

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