A 42 acre zoological park located in Gashes Creek Road The Western North Carolina Nature Center is home to over 60 species of animals and birds. Here you’ll find especially the animals native to the South of Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 1924 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums the Nature center offer an array of Family as well as School Programs. Some of the place’s highlights are Appalachian Station, Otter Falls, World underground, Small Mammals, Red Wolf Run, Black Bear Ridge, Western North Carolina Farm and Trillium Nature Trail. A fun place for a family visit.
- They also organize school group trips.
- No individual under 16 years of age is allowed on the grounds without an accompanying adult.
- Soft drinks and snacks can be purchased on-site.
- Adults: $10.95
- Adults (Asheville City Residents: $7.95)
- Seniors (65 & over): $9.95
- Seniors: $9.95 (Asheville City Residents: $6.95)
- Youth (3-15): $6.95
- Youth (Asheville City Residents: $5.95)
- Age 2 and younger free.
- By Rented Car
- By Taxi
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75.06% of people who visit Asheville include Western North Carolina Nature Center in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
58.46% of people start their Western North Carolina Nature Center visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Western North Carolina Nature Center
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Western North Carolina Nature Center
Great way to view animals and reptiles..super friendly staff and very knowledgeable. Discounts for residents!
We are friends of the Nature Center pass holders for a reason! We love the Nature Center! Wonderful staff who take amazing care of the animals and are always eager to help provide information. Clean safe environment for the kids to just run free and see all the amazing things it has to offer.
We took the "behind the scenes tour". Kids had a great time. We really enjoyed the unique perspective of the animals. The WNC nature center is doing interesting Things.
Nice, clean zoo with local animals and birds. Great for families, cute gift shop and educational programs.
I'm so proud of all the hard work that the local people are putting into the Western North Carolina Nature Center the expansion plans they have are awesome and I totally support them they are definitely worth visiting and supporting