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Western North Carolina Nature Center

Features Animals
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Very enjoyable and informative

Great information about past and current animals of the region. Cougars, wolves and river otters... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Clearwater, Florida
Got to see the bears

Great family fun day. My daughter is young and not quite ready for a day at the zoo but this was a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Asheville, North Carolina
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA
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“petting zoo” (67 reviews)
“small zoo” (20 reviews)
“native animals” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed yesterday

Great information about past and current animals of the region. Cougars, wolves and river otters were awesome. Caught the feeding of the otters and got great info on the two lively otters. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Greatescape16
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great family fun day. My daughter is young and not quite ready for a day at the zoo but this was a great experience.

Thank Frontier2016
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great little wildlife park with animals native or previously native to the area taking centre stage making it ideal for visitors from far afield who've already visited zoos showcasing animals from other continents. The wolves, coyotes, cougars, bobcat, otters, snakes and bears...More

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always go to the zoo when in a new town. It's ok, but needs some work and pretty small. It was nice to get out of the cabin, but I have to be honest and rate it a 3/5 stars even though I love...More

Thank JasonTuggle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice diversion to see many of the creatures that make Western NC their home. Take the whole family.

Thank estevens
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although on the smaller side, this place still packs a punch with cute animals, loads of interactive areas, and even a nature trail. We had a great time walking through all the exhibits and especially the nature trail. Friendly staff. 10/10 would visit again.

Thank Squidneyy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, wooded setting. the animals are well cared for and in natural settings. The young staff are knowledgeable and very eager to share their knowledge.

Thank Fran S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this center for several reasons. It was interesting to see species native to North Carolina and you could tell they were all well taken care of. Some of the enclosures were larger than some zoo enclosures I have seen. They care about...More

Thank SLeighanne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look these people up on their website, find when they are doing a behind the scenes walk. I think there is one in late September and one in October. Trust me , you will not be disappointed. You will see these animals up close and...More

1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Took my niece (5) and nephew (2) and they could stay there all day watching the otters and going down the slide. I never knew that we had this in our community!

Thank Erica B
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2 March 2017|
Response from FriendsofWNCNC | Property representative |
Hi! I would plan for about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the interest of your toddler. There are quite a few Nature Play areas where your little one can explore and play in addition to the animals, so plan to stop on your way... More
Crystal M
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.