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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very nice

First off, if you are looking for a big zoo, this is not a big zoo. This is a very nice Nature... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2011
Asheville, North Carolina
Great experience and great fun for all ages

My girlfriend and I visited on a recent visit to Asheville just for fun. We both enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2011
Matt J
Johnson City, Tennessee
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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 August 18, 2011

First off, if you are looking for a big zoo, this is not a big zoo. This is a very nice Nature center and a great educational resource for children. Actually, for adults too. A great way to learn about the region and what it...More

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

My girlfriend and I visited on a recent visit to Asheville just for fun. We both enjoyed the otters, large cats, and wolves. Don't come expecting a zoo, but do come expecting to learn a bit and have fun.

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

Asheville does not have a big zoo like San Diego or Charlotte but if you want to show your children some wild animals in natural habitats then WNC Nature Center is the place to go. Although the paths criss cross for easy exit, there is...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

Cages was nasty, and there was barely any animals in the petting area for my grandson to enjoy..what a few sheep,donkeys! The center has went way down as I remember as a child. very ,very disppointed in the Nature center don't waste y our money...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

I was impressed with this place. The animals all looked very healthy and happy in their little habitats unlike some other zoos I've been to. The river otters were very fun to watch. I was sad that we missed out on the petting zoo, though....More

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Reviewed August 6, 2010

We have visited the Nature Center twice, once in August 2009 and once in August 2010. Both times, we have had a wonderful time. My boys are 4 and 9 and really enjoyed seeing all the animals, with the river otters being the favorite. Overall,...More

Thank ShutterbugMomTN
Reviewed November 17, 2009

I walked in the nature center paid for my son and I, were there for appoximatley 4 minutes at the most, until I realized i was at the wrong place of meeting my friend, she wanted us to meet her at the playground down below...More

2  Thank malerie1107
Reviewed October 7, 2008

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is located a few miles from the Asheville Mall which was next door to our hotel. I enjoyed the visit and the walk around the park to see the animals. There were not as many animals as I expected,...More

Thank NJ-Tennessean
Reviewed December 27, 2007

We have annual passes to the Nature Center and enjoy our visits every time we go:) There are many animals native to Western NC and a petting farm. You can see peacocks, bears, wolves, pet turtles, look in microscopes at animal furs and skins and...More

Thank earthfaries
Reviewed January 2, 2007

They have a well maintained park with 42 acres and a lot of animals. great for all ages! The animals are viewable up close. Best nature center I've ever been to. Excellent staff, very friendly and knowledgeable. WELL WORTH IT

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February 10, 2019|
Response from tojo72 | Reviewed this property |
$10.95 regular $7.95 Buncombe County resident Senior discounts available
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We used a gps and had no issues
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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.