Western North Carolina Nature Center Asheville
Where is it at?
Western North Carolina Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road
Tel: (828) 259-8080
Where are we going today?
The Nature Center's 42 acres of award-winning habitats get you closer than you ever thought possible to the incredible wildlife of the Southern Appalachians.
Appalachian Station is an indoor exhibit that features a variety of reptiles (including rattlesnakes and copperheads), amphibians and small mammals.
Otter Falls features our North American river otters and several species of aquatic turtles.
Small Mammals includes raccoons and red and gray foxes.
Appalachian Predators is the largest area of the park, devoted to our coyotes, red and gray wolves, and bobcat.
Red Wolf Run is our exhibit on the endangered red wolves, one of our top conservation initiatives.
Black Bear Ridge features American black bears, hawks, owls and white-tailed deer.
Western North Carolina Farm features endangered farm animals, such as the Cotswold sheep, as well as chickens, rabbits, donkeys, and goats.
Trillium Nature Trail is a .6 mile nature trail winding through forested areas along the Swannanoa River.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 (Asheville City residents $6)
- Children$4 (ages 3-15)
- Free Under: 3
When can we go?
Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admittance 'til 4:30.
Opened year-round (closed Thanksgiving day and after, December 24 & 25, New Year's Day, Martin Luthe
We provide two short programs each day on an animal topic, one at 11:30am and the other at 3:00pm. Please join us for these free programs. If you are a teacher or educator, take a look at our 2011-2012 Academic Guide for class descriptions, competency goals, and how to make reservations - http://wncnaturecenter.com/Portals/0/PDFs/Academic_Guide_2011-2012.pdf..
Snacks and drinks can be found in the gift shop; drink machines are also on-site..
Any Top Tips?
Plan your trip around the daily Animal Moments included with regular admission, two short programs each day on an animal topic, one at 11:30am and the other at 3:00pm. .
Doing our bit
All plants and animals at the Nature Center are native to the southern Appalachian region. From our red wolf survival program to our rainwater catchment system, the WNC Nature Center is leading by example when it comes to conservation. These conservation programs are cornerstone to our mission to connect people with the rich biodiversity of the Southern Appalachian Mountains..
Can I get one of those?
Gifts and souvenirs can be found at the Possum's Pouch gift shop located in the entrance facility..
What people are saying?
by Lizette McCarthy
What a lovely way to spend a few hours in Asheville. The staff was friendly and knowledgerable. The nature center was lovely and peaceful with lots of animals to see. During our visit we watched the otters as they were being fed. I recommend those with children and nature lovers to stop in for a visit.
by Hannah Watson
I love the Nature center!! It's an awesome place to spend time with friends, family and even one's self. Very children and handicapped friendly! Awesome animal encounters and exhibits. Very educational! Also great for the animals in the there, because they are in there because the can't be released in to the wild or are in a breeding program! You will have a fun time!!
by Lindsey Bridges
Our 5 year old loved it. A must see!
by David Lee
Great little zoo. Awesome for children. Good walking trails. Great way to spend a day.
by Christina Rigga
We had a great time at the zoo so have my kids ever time we go there