The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Categories: Gardens, Educational Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We visited the arboretum on a recent family trip to Asheville. It is only $12 per car for admission, and we had 5 people and our dog. The arboretum is beautiful - bonsai tree display, gardens, walking...  read more »
  • Met a friend in Asheville on a gorgeous day and the Arboretum was just a natural choice. The grounds are amazing ... so well maintained and laid out, its a perfect walking opportunity. Lots of educati...  read more »
  • Fall is here and the colors and changing. What better time to spend an afternoon in this wonderful environment. Not only are the various areas lush and beautiful but you learn something at every turn....  read more »
  • 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.
  • Wow! This far exceeded our expectations. Wonderful gardens with a huge variety of plants making the walking areas not only beautiful but fragrant. Only had about an hour to explore which was a cruel tease. Very large setting. Many people biking in the area.I don't remember how much it cost to get in but it was worth it even for the short time we had. Will go back again and figure at least half a day minimum to truly appreciate this gem. Take water and a picnic lunch and spend the whole day to make it even better. Kudos to you North Carolina, you did this right!
  • Very small main area. Very big trails. Better for locals that need something to do or walk around. Not good for travelers looking to be impressed. It should be closed in the winter. I went In mid March and nothing to see. Better off going to biltmore. Much better grounds there
  • We get our money's worth here. It's beautiful and educational great for family or some nice quiet time
  • Beautiful grounds. Lots of local plants are identified. Many paths to follow that take you to interesting settings. Garden railway to enjoy.
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