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The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Great Hiking

Lots of fun hiking the mountainside after spending the day walking through the gardens. The hiking... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2016
Kyle C
via mobile
A Must See in Asheville!

Loved the NC Arboretum, especially the Bonsai Garden! We took a 3 mile walk on the trails, very... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
Apex, North Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bonsai exhibit” (183 reviews)
“quilt garden” (83 reviews)
“parking fee” (66 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Lots of fun hiking the mountainside after spending the day walking through the gardens. The hiking trails are clearly marked, well maintained, and offer a nice balance of difficulty.

Thank Kyle C
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Loved the NC Arboretum, especially the Bonsai Garden! We took a 3 mile walk on the trails, very enjoyable and fun hike! Bring water, a hat and spend half a day at the gardens!

Thank mcheungca
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens, wonderful walking trails, interesting exhibits, some very educational signage and lot of things for kids and adults both. Right now a very fun Lego exhibit. Also some terrific sculptures throughout. Highly recommended

1  Thank T S
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The North Carolina Arboretum is beautiful an time of the year. Special areas are well-planned and well-tended. Easy walking paths throughout the site guide visitors to special areas and gardens. Our visit this time was with a young grandchild who enjoyed seeing the thirteen Lego...More

Thank drmomaa
Reviewed 6 August 2016

One of our family's favorite outings during a short vacation to Asheville: well-designed and maintained gardens (especially the bonsai exhibit), explanatory signage and labels, and forest trails with interesting tidbits on many tree species.

Thank Kevin296
Reviewed 6 August 2016

In one building there is a watercolor painter. Up the hill where the Bonsai garden is, in the Education building, there is a paper artist (it's called paper sculpture), and it is unique and quite amazing. Two totally different kinds of art and both high...More

2  Thank daytripper327
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Spent a glorious summer day here mostly in the--gardens! For a long time, I thought this place was what it is called: an arboretum. I like trees, but I wasn't excited about dropping $12 to look at them. What I found was a beautifully displayed...More

Thank Noel78
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The Arboretum is a lovely place to walk around on a pretty day. They occasionally have wonderful traveling exhibits that kids enjoy. It works well as a place for folks who can walk around, but may have trouble hiking. It's also got some slightly more...More

1  Thank emlove1117
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Actually surprised with how cool, well maintained and beautiful this arboretum is. And dog friendly!!!! We spent the better part of an afternoon here splashing in Bent creek that the trails follow . Clean, quiet , lovely. Trails can be used for running too. A...More

2  Thank Laura B
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I gave this an average rating since I was spoiled by the Biltmore Gardens. This arboretum is great for children and adults. The Lego exhibit was fun. It has classrooms for school visits. Best garden was the Bonsai exhibit and the quilt garden

1  Thank Jamie M
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8 June 2017|
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Response from Elaine D | Reviewed this property |
copied from their web-site: The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. The first Tuesday... More
6 February 2017|
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Response from Whitney S | Property representative |
Thanks for reaching out and we look forward to having you! All facilities will be open in April (including the Baker Exhibit Center). Most hiking trails are dirt/gravel and the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
18 December 2016|
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Response from Lesa L | Reviewed this property |
When we were there there was a coffee/sandwich area .... but not something I would plan for a meal. I think they had some remade sandwiches, cookies, chip bags, coffee and soda. You ordered at the window and picked it up... More