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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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A breat wildlife centre..

46 acre wildlife ce tre, really friendly atmosphere a d great amenities. All of the ani als were in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
paulo422018
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Jacksonville, Florida
Great place

Great to spend an afternoon or morning. Kids or adults it does not matter, the animals we (mostly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
carriejmayer
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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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” (68 reviews)
“native animals” (20 reviews)
“otter feeding” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
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+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 2 days ago

46 acre wildlife ce tre, really friendly atmosphere a d great amenities. All of the ani als were in really large and interesting enclosures. A great mornings outing. Highly reco mendex for all ages.

Thank paulo422018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to spend an afternoon or morning. Kids or adults it does not matter, the animals we (mostly) out on a hot day and we throughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time visit but we definatley will be back! The exhibits are based on local fauna and it does a great job explaining the importance of conservation. The mountain lions and otters were our personal favorites and the Hellbender was the first I had ever...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for an outing for the last day of our Asheville vacation and thought our grandson would enjoy the Nature Center. The reptile exhibit is really cool. You have an up close view of various snakes and turtles, etc. The otters put on...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The WNC Nature Center is a small but nice zoo. The employees were all very friendly and the grounds were kept clean. There are several play areas for the kids. We all really enjoyed the visit!

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

My husband and I visited this beautiful nature center. We loved the descriptions on the sings for the animals and the different enclosures. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. They are currently working on their parking lot so spots were very limited...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

I went with two elderly men. We all enjoyed our time there. Well kept and plenty to see. Good for about two hours.

Thank niaminiami
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

I love what the nature does for the Asheville community. Families can come here to learn about the local area and the animals, while tourists can appreciate and experience th animals that fill our forests, etc.... Lots of fun things to do and a very...More

Thank lesjarrell
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are in our late twenties with no children, and we really enjoyed our visit here. They have a lot of animals available to view, and their enclosures allow for you to easily see the animals from different angles, and not too...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

If you are looking to just chill and enjoy the scenery this is the place. Lots of spots to sit and take in some of the views.

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laurilou78
9 June 2018|
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Response from AmeriCorps M | Property representative |
Hi there! You are welcome to bring food with you into the park, there is just no food allowed near the NC Farm petting area. There are picnic tables on the mid level of the park near the gift shop cabin.
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Tommy L
18 April 2018|
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Response from jelsegood | Reviewed this property |
I think most people covered that. Some animals have a tendency to sleep part of the day. They also have feeding times so check the calendar. We went mid morning and a few of the animals were on nap time.
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cjoystover
2 March 2017|
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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
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