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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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Good place to see wildlife that is in the area

Otter falls was good, but it was so hot, when we went in middle of September, pretty much all the animals were trying to stay cool. We didn't get to the cougars and foxes exhibit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bamafan222003
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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Otter falls was good, but it was so hot, when we went in middle of September, pretty much all the animals were trying to stay cool. We didn't get to the cougars and foxes exhibit, but when we go again, we'll make it that far. We did see the bear and deer too. Also, there is a small petting zoo,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and 3 yr old were in the area for a few days. It was great to see animals indigenous to the area is a more natural state than a typical zoo. It was also pretty inexpensive and close to Asheville.

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Thank Anthony P
Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been wanting to visit the Nature Center for some time as I travel to the Asheville area for business. On this trip I was finally able to make it. It is a small zoological park with a selection of North Carolina animals, birds and reptiles in resident. The enclosures appear to be well maintained and the animals seem... More 

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Thank Tony R
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we decided to visit the Nature Center since we live less than 5 minutes from the center. The staff were friendly and they had a lot o informative information regarding various animals and nature. This would be a great place to visit with kids. They have a few interactive areas for the kids. Our group consisted of 4 adult.... More 

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small almost backyard zoo. Walking trails. Limited animal exhibits but worth the stop if in the area. It will not take 2 hours.

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Thank Tim H
Greenwood, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great way to spend a few hours learning about the native animals of western North Carolina. Very interesting exhibits.

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Thank Sam T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From an otter exhibit right next to a slide for kids, to a Red Wolf habitat, to gem mining, to a petting zoo, this small zoo is wonderful. There are ample volunteers to explain spotted turtles and eastern screech owls. It is situated on the side of a hill. Start at the top and enjoy the way down. Handicap accessible.

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Palos Park, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have a place in Peoria, Illinois called the Wildlife Prairie Park. This reminded me of that. The enclosures are not as big but you get to see the wildlife of western NC without bars.

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Thank David B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 August 22, 2016

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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