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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  • So, on the way to the CMA Awards in Nashville, TN, we wanted to have a stopping point where our young kids could get out and run around and have fun and the Western North Carolina Nature Center was pe...  more »
  • I have mixed feelings about places like this. Seeing animals out of their element, confined in "natural" settings... it's weird and feels wrong. They had raccoons at this place... why? I see those all...  more »
  • This is pretty much a small zoo which features animals native to western North Carolina. That being said, it was well worth the price of admission and more. My wife adored the otters, who were quite p...  more »