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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  • In the coldest part of January, I still greatly enjoyed my morning at the NC Arboretum. Wonderful bonsai display rotates different specimens throughout the year and shows cold-hardy varieties through ...  more »
  • Great decorating, a place I can’t wait to go back to in the spring with our friends. Looks like the grounds have some excellent views, walking trail and will have awesome flowers blooming.  more »
  • The North Carolina Arboretum is a fantastic place for a day trip while visiting Asheville. The gardens are stunning and there are lots of great trails to walk. The facilities at the arboretum are grea...  more »
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  • My husband and I enjoyed a nice anniversary day trip here last spring. We decided we definitely want to return this year with our children and dogs. We couldn't believe how beautiful this place is. There were tons of families playing and walking dogs. There were a fair amount of beautiful flowers in early spring so I imagine it is in full glorious bloom a little later into the season. The gift shop was easily one of the best gift shops I've ever been to at this type of place. It was just full of unique things in all price ranges. We stopped by the cafe and saw that the food looked really good if you came without a picnic. There's plenty of room to spread out in the park and nice walking trails of various lengths.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The amount of care, dedication and effort given to all aspects of the experience for the visitors is memorable. All ages will enjoy visiting the NC Arboretum. From the moment we stepped inside we were welcomed and given an in-depth breakdown on how we could spend our day. Truly a memorable experience that I look forward to repeating in the future.
  • My husband and I really enjoyed walking the trails here. Of course the flowers weren't in full bloom yet, but we made it fun by seeing what we could find coming through. It was so clean and still so nice to look at and i cant wait to come back when it gets warmer. I was really glad we were able to visit.
  • The north Carolina arboretum is a great place to enjoy nature. The admission price is $14 for a car. There are well kept trails and walkways. The arboretum also has a visitor center where you can learn more about the park and get trail maps. Additionally there is a great model train set near the visitor center.
  • In the coldest part of January, I still greatly enjoyed my morning at the NC Arboretum. Wonderful bonsai display rotates different specimens throughout the year and shows cold-hardy varieties through winter. Very walkable hiking trails weave around the garden perimeter and can be completed in an hour, or present an opportunity for a picnic. Upscale giftshop, modern welcome and education centers, and towering trees all greet you here. Continues to be a jewel of western NC through the changing seasons.
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