The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

4.6
National Park · Garden
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. PutThe 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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  • We had the pleasure of visiting the Arboretum while in Asheville. It was very nicely laid out and was an easy walk. There were additional trails for those who wished to walk more. The grounds were...  more »
  • Although we visited in October the leaves had not yet reached their peak but the gardens were lovely. We spent 3 hours there and could have continued longer if we had the energy to keep hiking...  more »
  • We loved it so much that we became annual pass holders even though we are seasonal residents. Great gardens and hiking trails. Beautiful nature!  more »
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  • Great place to walk around and take in nice weather in a beautiful, peaceful environment. We took young kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the Thomas the Train exhibit (on Tuesdays) and it gave them a chance to walk around / release some energy. The Bonsai exhibit is spectacular. I have never seen such a large, well kept collection, especially outdoors. Entry is free, parking is paid but it is worth the money!
  • Wonderful! Beautiful! A must-see if you are in the area. Lovely landscaping with lush plantings and meandering trails. Several water features. The bonsai exhibit is spectacular. There's a small cafe on site that serves healthy and tasty food, much of it locally sourced. You can sit inside or out. A great way to enjoy nature and its delights.
  • Perfect place to walk around and enjoy the day. We went on the summer but it wasn't too hot on the trails due to many being under the canopy of the woods. The hottest part was also the best. They had a display of bonsai trees of all different types including trees local to North Carolina! I had never seen anything like it and I was floored! Such a cool special exhibit.
  • Awesome. Only $60 a year for annual membership! Beautiful trails. Safe. Lots of deer, wild turkeys, owls, hawks, to name a few. The people who collect money I now consider friends (especially Robert). Plenty of variety. You can either do the shorter garden trail or go hiking on longer trails. Plenty of creeks for thirsty dogs. Perfect!
  • This place is bigger then expected. We walk and walk and walk! There is many things to see and any great picture moments. I would recommend this place if your in town. There are bikers and joggers that goes here on the norm. Plenty of nature for you to take in.

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