Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville

(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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  • I go with my grandsons there often and enjoy the walking trails, the nature and just having some great clean fun with my grandchildren 
  • Went with my entire family during the first week of January. I figure that the first week of January may be a "low season experience" for the nature center. As a result, I felt it was understaffed and...  more »
  • Limited number of animals, but all are native to this area. Pens are of decent size that allow you a good view of the animals while giving them somewhat of a decent size area to wander. Has petting zo...  more »