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Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

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Address: Highlands, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-526-2602
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This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a...

This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a botanical garden replete with 450 species of trees, ferns and flowers.

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
James M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 and enjoy the natural beauty of the site. Highly recommended.

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Thank James M
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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.

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Thank Mary L
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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.

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Thank SquirrelGirl39
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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.

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Thank Bingdale
Central Florida
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 hooked up to a television) and what should not be touched (taxidermied animals). The woman... More 

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Thank GatorGirl417
Gainesville, GA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Thank David N. W
Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank johnnyv333
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 great if I had a longer time and wasn't walking in the forest alone.

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Thank vhash77
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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Thank S_Scrib555
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Wonderful staff and great trails in a small space. Loved the diversity of plants and topography. Special shout-out to Russell.

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