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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
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+1 828-259-8080
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Lovely!

I came here with some of my friends when I visited in February and this nature center is great! I love how knowledgeable the staff is and that they go to great lengths to make... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with some of my friends when I visited in February and this nature center is great! I love how knowledgeable the staff is and that they go to great lengths to make sure they care well for their animals.

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ended up here on an unseasonably warm day in February. Pretty property - not too large and spread out but not too small. Arrived just as the otters were being fed. That was the highlight of the day as, unfortunately, most of the rest of the animals were sleeping. Still had a nice walk through the property. The "World Underground"... More 

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Thank Kelly G
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here back in the summer and enjoyed it. It was a first for all of us. We took our 4 year old cousin and he thoroughly enjoyed the petting zoo, "painting" with water, the otters, getting to hold a frog, and playing on the slide and other various kids play areas. It's a small place, but does a... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fantastic stop on our tour of Asheville. This center focuses on the wildlife that exists in the local area. Please don't expect a grand, zoo-type attraction. But do expect friendly staff, well maintained grounds, and a nature center that wants to offer education on a local level, for a very reasonable entry fee.

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Thank kal12
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Altho the prices were more than AAA book, we paid and went in and were pleasantly surprized by the walkable paths and how the animals were displayed. Staff, both volunteer and paid were informative, and we watched a short program with Junior, a screech owl.

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Thank Judy M
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go with my grandsons there often and enjoy the walking trails, the nature and just having some great clean fun with my grandchildren

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Miami Lakes, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Went with my entire family during the first week of January. I figure that the first week of January may be a "low season experience" for the nature center. As a result, I felt it was understaffed and extra activities (or shows) available were minimal. I was hoping that the kids would see some of the bigger animals "in action."... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Limited number of animals, but all are native to this area. Pens are of decent size that allow you a good view of the animals while giving them somewhat of a decent size area to wander. Has petting zoo with goats, donkeys, sheep, etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

A very good family outing. Grandsons burn off energy while seeing animals. They were adding an activity area and bathrooms in the middle. That was much needed. Also somewhat accessible for our son in a wheelchair. Tricky entrance but think that is a part of renovation too. That was also needed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great spot for families. Our two year old son loved it. The animals were all rescued. Not expensive and enjoyable to any age.

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