Owned and maintained by Buncombe County, the
Western North Carolina Nature Center is open year-round
with indoor and outdoor exhibits. This outstanding 42-acre center features
indigenous wildlife and plant life of the Appalachian region.
Voted “the best place to take kids” in Western North Carolina, the center has
animals both large and small, from cougars and wolves
to the tiniest insects.
programs, demonstrations and “hands-on” activities are available for
anyone who wishes to learn about the rich natural heritage of the Southern
Appalachian mountains. And no-where else will you find such diverse wildlife,
gardens, trails, indoor exhibits, habitats and farm animals in one setting.
Western North Carolina Nature Center
Address: 75 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28805
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: Adult, senior, student and child rates
Allow: 2-4 hours
Friends of the Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28805,
Gardens at Asheville,
Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center
Directions: I-240 Exit 8 (74A West). East off ramp. Right onto Swannanoa River
Road. Right onto Gashes Creek Road.