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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
Phone Number: 18282598080
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of...

Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA

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Great visit

It was a great price around $11.00 which is very reasonable. Lots of animals to look at and not a lot of walking. The animals seem well taken care of.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a great price around $11.00 which is very reasonable. Lots of animals to look at and not a lot of walking. The animals seem well taken care of.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great trip for the family. It's less of a zoo and more of a wildlife area. I mean, you can see the animals but their habitats are very late so you are not as up close and personal as some zoos, but you feel as if you are seeing how the animals actually live.

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Emporia, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cute small zoo..stopped by in the afternoon and it was hot so the animals were not moving around a lot but still got to see them after doing alittle searching!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I lived closer we would Be a member and take part in their events throughout the year. Great afternoon trip. Mostly outdoors but a few indoor sites (it was raining when we arrived). Excited about their renovation plan and the exhibits to come. Well worth it and will return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids loved this place and it wasn't too big or too small. It was just enough time for us to spend a few hours without a meltdown. There are wolves, foxes, cougars, bobcats, snakes, turtles, hawks, etc. A few play areas are peppered throughout the park which helped to release some pent up energy. Make sure to bring any... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a good time walking there but the animals looked very skinny. The wolf, fox were very skinny and i kind of felt sorry at looking at them

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Thank Anna R
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place! The little slide near the otters is adorable. Our daughter loved pretending to be an otter. The petting zoo was also a big hit. We will be back on our next visit to Asheville!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 13 year old son and I visited the Nature Center. We both had a great time!! Engaging, interactive exhibits. We were there in time to watch the adorable otters being fed. The Center is just the right size for a half day activity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit with four adults and two children (7 and 9) was better than we expected because the park was clean, easily walkable, and had many animals to see including deer, beaver, goats, chickens, bear, wolf, and an indoor facility with fish, snakes and bugs. There are a couple play areas as you walk through the park and a place... More 

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Harwood, Maryland, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a family of 4 with 20- and 14-year old boys. Not exactly the focus group for WNC Nature Center...it's really geared more toward the younger set. If the kids were younger, they probably would have had more fun. That said, our visit was average and on par with any small zoo. The exhibits and signage were good and... More 

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