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The North Carolina Arboretum

Open Now: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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A true gem

Stopped by on our way home from Asheville. Wonderful gardens, enjoyed the Bonsai. A must do if... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
Lovely place to visit

We toured the arboretum last May while camping outside of Asheville. This week, we visited again... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dayton, Ohio
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped by on our way home from Asheville. Wonderful gardens, enjoyed the Bonsai. A must do if in the Asheville area

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We toured the arboretum last May while camping outside of Asheville. This week, we visited again while here with family. Everything was lovely! The bonzai garden is not to be missed!

Thank pingraham
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've been a member for many years, visit often and never get tired of hiking the grounds. It is peaceful and beautiful. The two exhibit centers routinely offer educational opportunities that are often child friendly, but still appealing to a senior citizen. On one visit...More

Thank Tim A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I joined as a member this past spring and have since enjoyed the Bonsai exhibition and numerous hikes. I already have purchased tickets for the upcoming Christmas lights in December. The hikes are nice with easy strolls, creeks, and more to see and enjoy.

Thank chaniacrete2007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ended up going here because you can’t just purchase a garden ticket for Biltmore. It worked out well, very large arboretum with nice easy hiking trails around the manicured garden areas. Dog friendly. $14.00 a car load.

Thank Roxbail
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bonsai Exhibition Garden is truly something to see. Plus, on this particular weekend there was a Bonsai exhibit taking place in the Baker Exhibit Center and the Education Center. We really enjoyed hiking the foot paths of the Bent Creek Trail and the Carolina...More

Thank t0rtiz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exceptional Christmas light display with hot chocolate stands, fire pits to help warm you up while you take it all in. The whole place immerses you in holiday spirit.

Thank Erin G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing bonsai garden along with a fabulous array of native and domesticated plants. The native azalea conservatory is very special. Great formal gardens. Wonderful walking paths. We always include the Arboretum on our Asheville itinerary.

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visitors center offers helpful personnel & a large & pleasant seating area. The paths are well maintained; I especially enjoyed the bonzai display -- truly impressive.

Thank Virginia R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature. There are hiking trails, Bonsai garden and beautiful gardens. There is a small restaurant and store.

Thank Ruth K
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
We found it to be a perfect place to take our dog! Only issue is that you'll need two adults if you plan to go inside any of the buildings: 1 to stay with your dog, 1 to go inside. We also had difficulty finding water for... More
June 8, 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is! Note that if you bring a dog along, the dog is not allowed in the exhibit.
October 15, 2017|
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Response from Martha H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but someone at the arboretum can answer your question: either at the entry booth or in the Visitor Center.