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The North Carolina Arboretum

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Perhaps the best early example of landscape architecture. The Bonsai garden is one of best and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Siakzar M
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Great hiking trails

This is a great stop off the blue ridge parkway. Lots of good exhibits and easy hikes for all skill... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Greg C
Asheville, North Carolina
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Perhaps the best early example of landscape architecture. The Bonsai garden is one of best and must see.

Thank Siakzar M
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great stop off the blue ridge parkway. Lots of good exhibits and easy hikes for all skill levels. Opportunities for guided tours and activities.

Thank Greg C
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place for children and adults. Nice hiking and biking trails. Beautiful gardens. Very relaxing.

Thank boshifty
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We popped in here because the Blue Ridge Parkway was misting over and wasn’t worth driving along, while this lovely Arboretum was still sunny and warm. We spent a lovely couple of hours walking round this well thought out park and gardens and, after our...More

Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Want to leave the rush and venture into a place where you can rest and think. This treat reflects the years of history and effort of may people and organization. Enjoyed by many people with the room to handle the crowds.

Thank jerald w
Reviewed 1 week ago

we were delighted with the Arboretum. Had no idea how well done and expansive it is. went in September but it would be even more spectacular in the spring. Pay to park but you can spend hours here if you like gardens. these are formal,...More

Thank LT652014
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Asheville, my husband and I visited the Arboretum for the holiday light display. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The grounds and lights were beautiful and very festive.

Thank niseydo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of our favorite places to take out of town visitors. We spend a couple of hours walking and seeing the flowers. The gardens are in full bloom. With our membership card we get in at no cost. A great deal as we come here...More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s beautiful land but there isn’t really much to see or do but walk on nature trails. They do have some things for older children but not much for younger ones or adults.

Thank M6903FUsusanp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to wander through the gardens. Beautifully laid out. Very accessible. A sweet little gift shop. Well worth the visit.

Thank Janet F
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
We found it to be a perfect place to take our dog! Only issue is that you'll need two adults if you plan to go inside any of the buildings: 1 to stay with your dog, 1 to go inside. We also had difficulty finding water for... More
June 8, 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is! Note that if you bring a dog along, the dog is not allowed in the exhibit.
October 15, 2017|
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Response from Martha H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but someone at the arboretum can answer your question: either at the entry booth or in the Visitor Center.