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Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

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Highlands, NC
+1 828-526-2602
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very pleasant

We wandered the trails near the lake recently and enjoyed our time wandering. We arrived after the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
west central Georgia

Well maintained and beautiful walks throughout the garden. Pet friendly. Lovely. Can't wait to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Asheville, NC
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This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a botanical garden replete with 450 species of trees, ferns and flowers.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Highlands, NC
+1 828-526-2602
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Reviewed yesterday

We wandered the trails near the lake recently and enjoyed our time wandering. We arrived after the center had closed for the day, but we will return to see the exhibits inside.

Thank Frugal-Teacher
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well maintained and beautiful walks throughout the garden. Pet friendly. Lovely. Can't wait to revisit!

Thank jujubean4
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The love and care of both volunteers and biologist show clearly at the Highlands Botanical Gardens. It's a cool, pleasant walk, no matter the time of year. Many plants are identified and specific gardens, like the bog garden, the fern walk and the native plant...More

Thank lhaiglerjr
Reviewed 14 July 2017

A really cool nature center with beautiful gardens and peaceful walking paths. the lotus blossoms were blooming. It was not very crowded when we went. We really enjoyed the walk. There is a rhododendron trail that is a little more like a hike. Beautiful and...More

1  Thank Kate W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a lovely Natural area with minimum intervention which some reviewers found off putting. I enjoy the natural feel but do feel that because it is a partly cleared area which is being reclaimed that there obviously needs to be continual, educated pruning and...More

Thank Kathleen1314
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The gardens have obviously seen better days and are now slowly being taken over by nature. There is a nature centre which will help to keep children amused.

Thank scothernite
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Took the organized hike with the tour guide from Old Edwards Inn and Spa. It was a nice diversion from the activities that are on-site at Old Edwards. It was about a 2 mile hike from Old Edwards to the Biological Station where we took...More

1  Thank jevans31976
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Visited the botanical gardens. Maybe June just isn't the right time of year, but it felt overgrown and untended-to. If you're in Highlands, then just drive to one of the nearby hikes if you're looking to get in touch with nature!

Thank Layla S
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a short somewhat interesting walk through this wild land setting. Problem is that the entire area is so overgrown with vegetation that it hides the pond and makes walking on the trail a bit awkward. The folks that operate this natural area might...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This was really just a walk along a road, a gravel road and very uneven paths thru the woods. You could only see the lake in one place when walking around it. The paths through the woods needs a wooden boardwalk. Didn't see the garden...More

Thank furg52
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David Y
12 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!
27 June 2015|
Response from Martin ` | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, but you might try Google.