Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville

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#2 of 27 in Outdoors in Asheville
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 on your trip to Asheville, use our Asheville travel route planning website .
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  • It’s not a bad place for the price. We went as a spur of the moment trip. It took us about 45 mins to walk through. It was a cold trip so the bear wasn’t active but it was still a fun trip. We would d...  more »
  • After being a member of Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, SC for over 20 years, it’s hard to compare other zoos. This was small, but we went to see the Sicilian donkeys, wolves, coyotes and foxes. This see...  more »
  • We spent about one and a half hours walking around. Many young parents with little ones. A friendly and informative zoo. We saw all the animals, even the black bear. Loved the cougars, otters, and bob...  more »
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