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Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

#5 of 23 things to do in Highlands Features Animals
Highlands, NC
+1 828-526-2602
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Evening Stroll for a Couple

Found this by accident as the sun was setting, very happy we found it. Very well designed, tons of... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Daniel M
Shorewood, Illinois
Wonderful Visit

This is a spot not to be missed. Located in the heart of Highlands, you feel as if you are in the... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
James M
via mobile
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Found this by accident as the sun was setting, very happy we found it. Very well designed, tons of plants, quiet escape from the resort town traffic. In the evening we were completely alone. Nice to have solitude in a lush garden environment.

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

This is a spot not to be missed. Located in the heart of Highlands, you feel as if you are in the forest. You can walk the many trails, visit the Centre, attend one of their many helpful lectures or simply sit on a bench...More

1  Thank James M
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The fall colors were perfect and the trails through the woods beautiful. The labeled plants were mostly gone but the lake was stunning. Perfectly still water and reflections of the trees was breathtaking.

1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit very much. The plants of the Cherokee walk was a highlight, very interesting to learn how they used the different plants. We also just enjoyed walking on many different paths and seeing lots of chipmunks.

1  Thank SquirrelGirl39
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a great place to visit just outside of town. It is free but they do accept donations. Kids would love this place since there are specimens from the local area and walking trails.

1  Thank Bingdale
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We visited for the first time and had a wonderful experience. I would recommend the nature center for ages 4 and up. The child needs to be mature enough to understand what is allowed to be touched (there's a touch table and an awesome microscope...More

Thank GatorGirl417
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We always make visiting the nature center and gardens a priority when we are in Highlands. The different seasons provide an ever varying experience hiking around the lake. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank David N. W
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Ive been going here for 60 years and it still continues to teach. Maybe what I like about it most is the its the same stuffed birds, the giant tree with rings, and the moss garden. Its a walking treat around the lake.

Thank johnnyv333
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Visited this location with my husband and mother. My mother was unable to do the walk. I took it by myself not realizing there are so many trails to choose from. I did a brief loop to see some of the natural foliage. Would be...More

Thank vhash77
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Nice and open trails. Well maintained. Areas are preserved in their native habitat. Dogs/pets may walk with you through the outdoor trails but not inside the center. Relaxing and enjoyable several hours roaming on our own.

Thank S_Scrib555
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David Y
When is the best time to see rhododendrons?
11 January 2017|
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Response from GatorGirl417 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the weather that year, but there are several varieties that bloom throughout May, June and July. If you go during those months you are sure to see some!
What are the hours of operation
27 June 2015|
Response from Martin ` | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, but you might try Google.