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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
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+1 828-665-2492
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The...

Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.

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This was a great place to visit. My MIL wanted me to see the beautiful flowers and etc. Great, do not go in the mid of summer. It was hot, but well worth it.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Judy A
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Jefferson, Georgia
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had a good variety of interesting plants and trees. The Bonsai collection, for example, was impressive. Another highlight was the humming birds fleeting about. However, the park layout and signage were confusing. Some members of the garden staff were overly helpful and drowned us in irrelevant information, while other staff members just thrust a map in our hands and... More 

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Jefferson, Georgia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great place to visit. My MIL wanted me to see the beautiful flowers and etc. Great, do not go in the mid of summer. It was hot, but well worth it.

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Thank Judy A
Greensboro, North Carolina
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a must see, even if you're not a hiking enthusiast. The hikes/walks are easy, and if you don't feel like walking, you can spend some time in the beautifully kept gardens. The visitor center/exhibit is educative, the gift shop full of whimsy, and the sights just beautiful! A plus--inexpensive!!

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Thank Ana M
Boston
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately the greenhouse was closed and most of the bonsai trees were not out when we were there, so our visit was somewhat disappointing. The Arboretum is a great concept for this part of NC, and what we did see was quite lovely. Especially impressive were the many ironwork gates.

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Thank betsy1224
Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens throughout the property, with plenty of hiking trails to fit any interest. The property is also dog friendly, so it's a great place to spend several hours in nature with your dog on a healthy and fun walk.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the largest arboretum you'll ever visit, but still a beautiful way to enjoy nature, no matter the season.They always seem to be changing exhibits, so it's worth it to buy an annual pass and visit often. The Christmas light show (extra charge) is absolutely worth seeing (warning: it can sell out so don't hold off buying the tickets in... More 

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Thank KaneCountyCritic
Byron Center, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Using my imagination, it would probably be nice in months to come. I am not sure why we paid to see nothing. They even had signs saying Bonsai would be coming soon. Why not charge less or offer free admission during the off season. We saw more lively landscaping and color at the mall in Charlotte.

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Thank tovisbratsburg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Due to out of season it was $14 for parking and none of the bonsai trees were out (despite mid 70s temperature) and of course many flowers not in bloom. As gardens go, the biltmore while more expensive had nicer flowers and trails. However overall a very nice addition to the city and during the summer probably a great place... More 

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Thank Tony M
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this area of hiking trails...very well laid out but could have had a better map to help us find how each trail connected.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$14 entry was worth it. Wish we had brought our bikes and made a full day out of it. The lady at the information desk was very helpful. Enjoyed walking around the trails. Not much litter. Great views all around. Loved walking along with the water.

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