The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

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#1 of 92 in Parks in North Carolina Mountains
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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  • I love visiting the arboretum whether I am going for a run, walking the dog or just strolling around. There are other places I would recommend for tourists before this but this place is beautiful.  more »
  • Beautiful venue for day hiking with 3 dogs... very dog friendly! We returned that evening (without the dogs) for Winter Lights - spectacular!  more »
  • The NC Arboretum changes not only from season to season, but also from year to year as exhibits change and plantings mature. Our favorite is the bonsai area where you can get up. Lose to marvel at the...  more »
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  • Peaceful beauty! The Arboretum has a different look in every season! You'll never be bored. From early Spring until late in the Autumn, there are always so many different plants in bloom. The Arboretum not only has many gardens to walk through, they also compose the most gorgeous container gardens. They have a permanent bonsai display area that is very impressive. Inside you will find a information desk, a gift shop, restrooms, a cafe, and rotating exhibits. You can purchase a membership or pay for a one time visit. They have a huge parking lot, with handicapped parking available. This is a wonderful place to come to hike the trails, enjoy the gardens, take one of the many classes, or view the exhibits. I highly recommend you check it out!
  • We went to see the Christmas lights at the Arboreum. It was beautiful. There was plenty of parking and lots people to help with the parking. There were inside activities for the children as well to give them a break from the cold. The facilities offer wheelchairs for people who need them. There is a snack bar offering hot chocolate, wine and a dinner menu. We also had the pleasure of listening to an excellent guitarist who played beautifully while we ate. Definitely on my list to visit again next year. Ticket price was 15.00 per person.
  • Nice gardens that connect to easy hiking trails. Easily accessible and close to town, this is a great stop to see the Pisgah National Forest without driving far. Restrooms are always clean. Savory Thyme Cafe is a fun spot to grab a bite as part of a stop - or a Blenheim Ginger Ale and take it out on the rocker to sip.
  • Good place to spend an evening for 2 hours. The whole garden is decorated with different lights and looked beautiful. The place is smaller than we expected and can be covered leisurely. They also have indoor exhibits and activities like crafts for kids. Make sure you visit with proper attire like coat, gloves and hoodie as temperatures can really go low and climate can be windy on this mountain area.
  • We really like this place!! The NC Arboretum has beautiful landscaping and in season is a riot of color. They have year around programs..... Educational displays, classes in dozens of subjects, children's programs, 10 miles of hiking trails through a beautiful national forest and a very nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Their Holiday event - Winter Lights is superb. We are members and visit as often as possible.

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