Western North Carolina Nature Center

Asheville, NC

Where are we going?

Western North Carolina Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Rd
NC 28805

828 259-8080

What is there to do?

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: $10.95

Children: $6.95 (Ages 3-15)

Discount: Buncombe County resident discounts, plus senior discounts

Free Under: 2 years


When can we go?

10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Closed only Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day


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.

I’m Hungry!

Snacks and drinks can be found in the gift shop; drink machines are also on-site.

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