The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville: Hours, Address, The North Carolina Arboretum Reviews: 4.5/5

The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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vhash77
North Wilkesboro, NC793 contributions
Beautiful artwork
Jun 2021 • Couples
The arboretum is always a favorite place to visit. We visited this time during the sculpture and photography exhibits. Simply stunning artwork. The grounds are well kept, staff friendly and helpful too. Just a way to spend a relaxing few hours touring the gardens
Written June 20, 2021
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PeteL92833
Southern California217 contributions
Best Arboretum I have been in.
Jun 2021
Entry is free, except for $16 per car entrance fee.

Very well maintained, lots of different areas to explore, many shady paths, good for hot days.

There is an excellent cafe on the premises, popular for lunch.
Written June 18, 2021
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Barnesms
Atlanta, GA285 contributions
Now we are vaccinated and can get out, a great outdoor trip to see bonsai and gardens.
Jun 2021 • Couples
A great arboretum and a phenomenal bonsai collection. Now we are vaccinated and can get out, worth a trip. A short hop from Asheville, great gardens as well.
Written June 17, 2021
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ScrapHappy44
Sykesville, MD88 contributions
Beautiful and Peaceful!
Jun 2021
We enjoyed our visit to the NC Arboretum and even saw a bear! We walked a few of the trails and visited the gardens. All well-maintained, but not exactly easy to find your way. We were handed a map at the entrance, but found ourselves lost many times during our hike. Fortunately, people coming from opposite directions were very kind and helpful.

News of a black bear outside the visitor center spread quickly and we were able to catch site of him as he meandered away. Glad we spotted him there and not on a trail.
Written June 12, 2021
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Ronda C
63 contributions
Enjoyed our visit!
Jun 2021 • Family
My Daughter and I really enjoyed our visit! Beautiful grounds, loved the little shop too! If we lived in the area I would definitely get a membership! While there it rained for a bit and we took cover on the porch of the education building and sat in wonderful wooden rocking chairs. Staff were very nice. $16 a car to park is the only entrance fee.
Written June 11, 2021
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,380 contributions
In My Backyard
Jun 2021
This is almost in my backyard and a regular haunt for me and my spouse. However, the nuisance of dogs is becoming greater by the day. The silly A m e r i c a n s cannot seem to step out without their beasts in tow and increasingly there are multiples with each person. This is a shame that is prevailing more and more in the Asheville area.
Written June 10, 2021
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John W
Raleigh, NC62 contributions
A great place to visit for several hours
Jun 2021
There is no charge for entry, but parking is $16/vehicle.

The trees and plants are set out in great arrangement. The labeling is very detailed.

Large artwork is found throughout the place.

This is a must for anyone visiting Asheville.
Written June 9, 2021
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SuSu
Asheville, NC4 contributions
Bear encounter
May 2021 • Solo
I recently moved to the Asheville area and was excited to find the arboretum nearby as a nice place to walk. I was walking in the evening around 7pm, on the Bent Creek road, coming back from the lake. I looked up and saw a mother bear staring at me about 50 to 75 feet ahead on the road! She had three babies with her. I was very startled and a little unnerved. I stopped and started backing up, watching her, but not staring her in the eyes. She went back to her shuffling in the grass and shrubs. I was about 0.5 miles from my car and ended up walking up the hill to the visitors center with a nice young couple who offered me a ride down the road to my car. It was exciting, but I’m unfortunately nervous about hiking there again by myself. Apparently she’s hanging around because someone from work also saw them at the nature ponds, nearby.
Written June 3, 2021
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Blessed5402
Frostburg, MD71 contributions
Amazing bonsai exhibit!
May 2021 • Couples
Place has some neat stuff. They had a really good bonsai exhibit and their quilt garden was pretty nice too. Probably not to interesting for small kids but they will like the large working train sets they have too.
Written May 31, 2021
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA664 contributions
Great place to visit!
May 2021
Really enjoyable touring the gardens with our dog. If you have time, try some of the longer trails through the woods. Well worth a visit if you are into the outdoors!
Written May 31, 2021
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