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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Features Animals
Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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What a gem!

Wow, what a great place! Visited a on Sunday afternoon and was shocked how slow it was. Brought... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bloomington, Indiana
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Wonderful small animsl psrk

Lovely way to spend a morning. Enjoyed the otters, they have a fun enclosure. This was our second... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“native animals”(20 reviews)
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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...more
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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So this place is really nice, it’s got really cool animals, and they certainly have a great plan for the future. But it would have been nice to have a little cafe here, so there was somewhere to eat and drink, and also the construction...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a great place! Visited a on Sunday afternoon and was shocked how slow it was. Brought three kids ranging from ages 2-6 and they all liked it. The park was clean, shady, and well-maintained. The animal enclosures were spacious and the animals looked...More

1  Thank Izybel18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely way to spend a morning. Enjoyed the otters, they have a fun enclosure. This was our second time visiting. Great for children.

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Active military gets in free. Lots of space for the animals and lots of play areas, each different and interactive. You can't go in and pet the animals in the barn area, but if they are close to the fence you can touch them. We...More

Thank WidthAdventures
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Great location, areas to see animals and to stop and play to get out energy. Shaded, so great in the summer. Worth the repeat visits

1  Thank Andie H
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Local animals are shown in spacious outdoor settings suitable for their needs. These are animals that were injured or can't be returned to the wild for some reason. They now have good homes where we can visit them. It's educational, so a visit is interesting....More

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Reviewed August 29, 2018

Not a zoo...you can get very close to a lot of different animals. The cougars and wolves are my favorites followed closely by foxes, otters, and birds. These animals are well cared for and seem happy to get close-up and personal from behind their respective...More

1  Thank flutie1999
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Took my two small kids here today. We had a bunch of fun! Got to see some neat animals we don’t often see in the zoo. The center was very nice- stroller friendly with paved paths and lots of ramps. The trees provided lots of...More

1  Thank Dinahsays
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We took her three grandchildren to the Nature Center and enjoyed it a lot. The habitats are very natural and I think there is a great variety of native animal species. We particularly enjoyed seeing the wolves and the Bears. Watching the Otters feeding was...More

2  Thank guv11
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Quaint, family-friendly and thoughtfully-designed, the WNC Nature Center is a lovely place to visit for an hour or two or longer if you are with the littles. There are many places set aside for adult rest alongside children’s play areas, including many “builder/maker” spaces that...More

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August 25, 2018|
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Response from Beth S | Reviewed this property |
We used a gps and had no issues
June 8, 2018|
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Response from AmeriCorps M | Property representative |
Hi there! You are welcome to bring food with you into the park, there is just no food allowed near the NC Farm petting area. There are picnic tables on the mid level of the park near the gift shop cabin.
Tommy L
April 17, 2018|
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Response from jelsegood | Reviewed this property |
I think most people covered that. Some animals have a tendency to sleep part of the day. They also have feeding times so check the calendar. We went mid morning and a few of the animals were on nap time.