The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville
(4.5/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit The North Carolina Arboretum and other Asheville attractions using our handy Asheville trip itinerary builder.
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  • Wonderful drive through the grounds, plan to spend some time to see all the plantings and special exhibits. There is a fee for entrance but it is well worth it. This is a gem in the mountains. 
  • This is a must see for families on a budget, garden lovers, and nature fans alike. The education center has a lot to offer and is top-notch. 
  • Our visit in late October proved to be poor timing. Most of the flowering plants were finished for the season and the staff were busy preparing for the Christmas light display. The bonsai garden was i...  more »
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  • Love the fall colors, the hiking trails are very nice and secluded enough to not constantly run into other people. Best to go during the week, less people to trip over. Very lovely atmosphere, love it and will come back again.
  • Simply one of my favorite places to go be outside. The formal gardens are exquisite, suitable for strollers and wheeled chairs. My son loves the model train village. The bonsai collection is fabulous. The walking paths thru the woods make for a pleasant stroll
  • I liked it it was beautiful, however I feel cheated out of twelve dollars considering we weren't made aware that a private event was being held so my group and I were unable to see a third of the park. I would suggest letting visitors know this in the future also maybe lowering price to park at night considering twelve dollars to wonder around in a garden (where all the buildings and the bonsai garden are closed) and in the woods seems steep to me.
  • Cool place to stop and walk around and it's great you only have to pay to park. Kids liked it a lot. Their collection of bonsai trees is unlike anything I've ever seen.
  • Incredible job by everyone who keeps the grounds clean. Our compliant recently had a 4 day conference and the staff was friendly and helpful during snack/meal time. Restrooms were kept clean. There are some bees on the front porch of the ed Center, so if you are allergic, keep your epi pen close.