The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

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#1 of 537 in Parks in North Carolina
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The North Carolina Arboretum is home to 26 hectares (65 acres) of cultivated gardens and 16 km (10 mi) of hiking and biking trails. Head to the stream to visit the National Native Azalea Collection, where you can see nearly every U.S. azalea species. Learn about traditional North Carolina crafts, such as basketry and broom-making, at the Heritage Garden. The bonsai collection features an array of traditional Asian trees alongside some American species. You can explore more gardens and discover stunning views of the Pisgah National Forest via one of the easy, moderate, or difficult hiking or biking trails. PutThe North Carolina Arboretum into our Asheville online driving holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Bonsai trees are very cool, the quilt garden changes regularly and is always a treat, great hiking along Bent Creek, lovely azalea garden. (And a great light show at Christmas. 
    Bonsai trees are very cool, the quilt garden changes regularly and is always a treat, great hiking along Bent Creek, lovely azalea garden. (And a great light show at Christmas.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens and walking trails. There is a coffee shop and cafe out in the gardens.We enjoyed our afternoon! 
    Beautiful gardens and walking trails. There is a coffee shop and cafe out in the gardens.We enjoyed our afternoon!  more »
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  • Well worth a stop. The gardens are top notch, with formal gardens, natural areas, creeks, a lovely wheelchair accessible bonsai exhibit. Dogs are allowed on leash in most areas, but not in the buildings. Both buildings and the formal gardens are easily wheelchair accessible. The trails would be more difficult. There are trails for most ability levels. There is a wonderful outdoor railroad, featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and Polar Express in winter. There is a lunch venue that serves indoors and out, mostly for lunch hours. Both buildings have very nice restroom facilities, and there are a few port-o-potties along the trails. One of my personal favorite areas is the Native Azalea garden. There are so many varieties of native azaleas from across the south and east that bloom from April through June. I have had an annual pass for the past four years, and walk my dog here regularly. It is so rewarding to see how the plantings change in the formal gardens and the trails make for a good workout for my dog and me.
  • Excellent arboretum full of beautifully curated displays, fun for the entire family regardless of season! Wonderful outdoor trails to meander peacefully. Huge train exhibit with live plants was really neat and inspiring. Bonsai garden was pretty even though it’s off season. Lots of cool educational nature exhibits inside too. Absolutely stunning welcome center, though the staff totally ignored me, but that was fine because I was able to locate what I needed by myself. Also, great educational program with dedicated area for future outdoor enthusiasts. Overall, a great experience minus the lack of customer service inside the welcome center. Would recommend.

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