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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Features Animals
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Great activity for families with young kids

We went to the nature center this morning and were thoroughly pleased we skipped the Biltmore with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christelle R
via mobile
Great if the animals are not sleeping

A fun stop to break up your morning or afternoon. Contains a host of animals including bear, dear... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mitchell M
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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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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“petting zoo” (67 reviews)
“small zoo” (20 reviews)
“native animals” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the nature center this morning and were thoroughly pleased we skipped the Biltmore with our young family and checked this out. For only $30 our family of four (the youngest was free) enjoyed great views of black bears, river otters, white tailed...More

Thank Christelle R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun stop to break up your morning or afternoon. Contains a host of animals including bear, dear, otters, cougars, foxes, donkeys, goats, reptile and amphibian house etc. The views of fall foliage are remarkable. The only issue during our visit was that a number...More

Thank Mitchell M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little zoo that children can see cougars, bears, foxes, and native animals of western North Carolina. We got to see an opossum demonstration and pet the animal. My kids enjoyed it along with the play areas. Great for 1-2 hours on...More

Thank Kristy J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to go and learn about different kinds of animals and how they live out in the wild I defiantly recommenced this to any one who has little ones it's even great for adults.

Thank 313brandiem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My teenage daughter and I went to this nature center on a chilly, drizzly October morning. We had a great time! The trail is paved and easy to follow. The animal enclosures are spacious and clean. The animals were active and so much fun to...More

Thank Tammy F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is unique because it only cares for native wildlife and farm animals from Western North Carolina. Enclosures were big enough for critters to roam, although wire fencing interfered with optimal photographs. Hilly so not for those with impaired mobility. Gift shop small and...More

Thank FaithLadyMAC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had family visiting and took the opportunity to go to the Nature Center. Very well organized and great for a visit. Not all the animals were awake but the majority were. Great selection of reptiles and the otters put on a show. Cougars were...More

Thank jelsegood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great information about past and current animals of the region. Cougars, wolves and river otters were awesome. Caught the feeding of the otters and got great info on the two lively otters. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Greatescape16
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Great family fun day. My daughter is young and not quite ready for a day at the zoo but this was a great experience.

Thank Frontier2016
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great little wildlife park with animals native or previously native to the area taking centre stage making it ideal for visitors from far afield who've already visited zoos showcasing animals from other continents. The wolves, coyotes, cougars, bobcat, otters, snakes and bears...More

Thank Cindy M
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2 March 2017|
Response from FriendsofWNCNC | Property representative |
Hi! I would plan for about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the interest of your toddler. There are quite a few Nature Play areas where your little one can explore and play in addition to the animals, so plan to stop on your way... More
Crystal M
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.