Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Home to wildlife from southern Appalachia, Western North Carolina Nature Center began as a city zoo, but its important work with local conservation caused it to morph into a nature center. The densely forested Appalachian Mountains hide an array of creatures from red wolves to colorful birds, and this center showcases more than 60 animal species. Wander through the natural habitat and discover small mammals, otters, and predators. Explore the natural environment on the Swannanoa River along a nature trail. Vending machines provide some snacks and beverages, and you can bring your own food to enjoy on the picnic tables. To visit Western North Carolina Nature Center and other attractions in Asheville, use our Asheville holiday planner.
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  • Perfect for all ages and reading levels! Great trails featuring the natural wildlife of North Carolina. We especially loved the huge black bear. 
  • This zoo sits on the outskirts of Asheville. It is on the small side and focuses on the native North American animals, so don't expect giraffes, monkeys and elephants. It does have some slight hills w...  read more »
  • For the price it is very cool to see all these NC animals. Only took a hour for us to go through. We went around 2pm so the animals were all sleeping. Go early! 
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