Trip Planner: USA / North Carolina / North Carolina Mountains / Asheville / The North Carolina Arboretum
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.
The North Carolina Arboretum Reviews
I love walking all the trails with friends and my dogs! There are also classes offered, but they are expensive. However, the classes would be a great couple's thing and enjoying the restaurant and... more »
The NC Arboretum always has something in bloom and fun touring exhibits. Enjoy the flowers and learn about gardening, too. Great place to visit with family and friends. Get out and enjoy nature and... 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.
Plan your trip to Asheville
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Asheville
Hidden gems in Asheville
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Asheville
Plans to The North Carolina Arboretum by other users
9 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 37 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Asheville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced