The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

#1 of 526 in Parks in North Carolina
National Park · Garden
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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  • We spent a lovely morning walking around the beautifully manicured gardens and natural paths of the arboretum. The paths are extensive and lovely, and you run into moms with strollers, joggers, as...  more »
  • This is a truly beautiful over 400 acre spot with great parking, wooded trails, paved trails and lots to see. Great views along the creek. The gift shop is really nice with lots of goodies to buy.  more »
  • Great place to walk around and take in nice weather in a beautiful, peaceful environment. We took young kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the Thomas the Train exhibit (on Tuesdays) and it gave them a chance to walk around / release some energy. The Bonsai exhibit is spectacular. I have never seen such a large, well kept collection, especially outdoors. Entry is free, parking is paid but it is worth the money!
  • Wonderful! Beautiful! A must-see if you are in the area. Lovely landscaping with lush plantings and meandering trails. Several water features. The bonsai exhibit is spectacular. There's a small cafe on site that serves healthy and tasty food, much of it locally sourced. You can sit inside or out. A great way to enjoy nature and its delights.

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