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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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Nature walk

Look these people up on their website, find when they are doing a behind the scenes walk. I think... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Paul B
Old Fort, North Carolina
Great for Kiddos!

Took my niece (5) and nephew (2) and they could stay there all day watching the otters and going... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Erica B
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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)
“black bears” (28 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Look these people up on their website, find when they are doing a behind the scenes walk. I think there is one in late September and one in October. Trust me , you will not be disappointed. You will see these animals up close and...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my niece (5) and nephew (2) and they could stay there all day watching the otters and going down the slide. I never knew that we had this in our community!

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park is a little hard to find without a GPS unit, but worth the effort. The animals were mostly resting when I was there, but were still worth seeing. The donkeys of the petting zoo were friendly and tame, the black bear were pacing...More

1  Thank LowDragAL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for small children. The exhibits are close and there are several opportunities for the kids to stop and burn off extra energy through play.

Thank Miranda L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the nature center one day with my sister that lives in the area. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The habitats were large and natural and you could tell that the animals were well taken care of. This is...More

Thank LuckyPenny8
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ok to visit once. Not like a zoo that one could back again again. Needs for signage. Great for toddlers and older.

Thank namaste1995
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This was a great place to visit. Very clean and well kept.The animals were in natural habitats.They also have trails to hike.

Thank Jody B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

My kids are 15 and 16 now. We have been taking them here since they were 7 months and 22 months old. They STILL ask us to take them, only now they can drive :-) We go for special events, and on chilly fall and...More

Thank Colleen Q
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

It's a rather small center but has a nice variety of animals. Lots of pathways and bridges. I like the pathways above the enclosures so you can see animals better. Perfect for little kids to run around. It's free if you have a membership at...More

1  Thank Olga C
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

A place where I volunteered and was on the Board.... incredible upgrades on the grounds and habitats! Did not realize it was one of the few AZA approved parks in NC!!! Very reasonable and a great place to spend the day!! Educational and a fun...More

Thank JJGranados
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1 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.