The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

The North Carolina Arboretum is home to 26 hectares (65 acres) of cultivated gardens and 16 km (10 mi) of hiking and biking trails. Head to the stream to visit the National Native Azalea Collection, where you can see nearly every U.S. azalea species. Learn about traditional North Carolina crafts, such as basketry and broom-making, at the Heritage Garden. The bonsai collection features an array of traditional Asian trees alongside some American species. You can explore more gardens and discover stunning views of the Pisgah National Forest via one of the easy, moderate, or difficult hiking or biking trails. Put The North Carolina Arboretum into our Asheville online driving holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • wear comfortable clothes and shoes, plan to stay most if not all day walking. The views are breathtaking. The trails are well defined, posted and easy to follow. You can walk as much or as little as y...  more »
  • Whereas the North Carolina Arboretum is FREE, the cost of parking per vehicle is $14.00. The buildings are really fantastic and modern. There are public lavatories, gift shop, and cafe, et cetera. Som...  more »
  • Spent several hours here in the morning. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful (we got there before the school groups). We walked almost all of the trails. The azaleas were just starting to bloom s...  more »
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  • This is my third visit and has yet to disappoint. The beautiful grounds are plush with all manner of beautiful plants and decorative landscape features. You'll be amazed at the variety of flowers and trees available for viewing. A great place for a casual stroll taking in the rich scenery. A definite must see!
  • Went here for the lights at Christmas with my family. Was very well organized, and they deliver a great evening for a fair ticket price. The parking was easy and close, with attendants that kept it fast moving and orderly. The grounds were beautiful, the lights are all led and are bright and vibrant. They have two places you can buy light snacks and hot coffee or hot chocolate. The miniature outdoor model train is turned into the polar express, nice touch!
  • The Arboretum is a treat for anyone that loves the outdoors and for all ages. Well manicured trails and gardens and events throughout the year. The cafe is great, but limited hours. Would be excellent to extend the cafe hours on Friday and Saturday to early evenings.
  • This is simply a wonderful and beautiful place. It is always kept up to very high standards. Their hiking trails are top notch. They also feature some incredible exhibits. I highly recommend going here.
  • We love spending hours here browsing the beautiful property. Even during the winter when the plants and flowers aren't bloomed the park is well kept and enjoyable. The science and art exhibits are always a highlight to every visit. We haven't seen the train going in 7 months, hoping that it will be back running soon!
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