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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
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Splendid gardens

We visited the North Carolina Arboretum for the first time on our trip to Asheville and it is a wonderful place. The gardens are spectacular, the buildings and exhibits are all... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2016
Franklin, Tennessee
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Franklin, Tennessee
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

We visited the North Carolina Arboretum for the first time on our trip to Asheville and it is a wonderful place. The gardens are spectacular, the buildings and exhibits are all very nice and well done. The experience was the best. Highly recommended.

1 Thank BuckTravel
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

A great way to spend several hours. My wife enjoyed the gardens - I enjoyed the nearby mountain biking. Beautiful setting. A "must do" in Asheville.

Thank Pierre R
Columbia, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

We have visited the gardens at this time of the year several times to see the blooms in the formal gardens so we stopped by only to find out the gardens are under construction! No quilt garden and no water in the stream garden. The was nothing on the web site or warning at the gate or when we bought... More 

2 Thank gimli23
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

The Arboretum is absolutely gorgeous with a variety of beautiful flowers and trees. The hikes are easy and I'll be sure to visit later in the season so I can see the bonsai trees!

Thank Lindsay S
Virginia Beach, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

You can enter in a auto with six people inside for $12 TOTAL. IF like us you are in a motor home 21 feet or longer, they "try" to charge $50!!! I say try because I'm not stupid enough to pay that for just the two of us. Did a U turn and got away fast.

2 Thank H T P
Tri-Cities, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

We always enjoy the Arboretum and go every chance we get. The Bonsai exhibit is wonderful and the walking trails are well maintained and beautiful.

Thank CnE_in_TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

It only cost us $12 to park and spend the day at the Arbotoreum. The scenery and landscaping are stunning. There are beautiful flower gardens, fountains, exhibits, and sculpted trees. The bonsai tree garden was my favorite. There are lots of benches and places to sit for those who don't tolerate activity wwll.

Thank Dicey D
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

A week or so ago we visit the Birmingham Alabama Botanical gardens and they were excellent , with free admission. Whereas there was an entrance/parking fee for this attraction. In addition certain areas were closed for work. So all in all not a great start. That said they have enjoyable walks and gardens are good and you can lose yourself... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

We walked through the entire arboretum. It seemed more of a plants & shrubs area, and less of a tree area.

Thank Thomas1939
Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

I have visited the Arboretum over a dozen times. Each time is amazing because there is so much to see and do with all the gardens, trails, rotating art, and educational programs that inspire adventure, exploration and environmental awareness.

Thank flyhighbefree

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