Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville

4.4
#3 of 15 in Parks in Asheville
Home to wildlife from southern Appalachia, Western North Carolina Nature Center began as a city zoo, but its important work with local conservation caused it to morph into a nature center. The densely forested Appalachian Mountains hide an array of creatures from red wolves to colorful birds, and this center showcases more than 60 animal species. Wander through the natural habitat and discover small mammals, otters, and predators. Explore the natural environment on the Swannanoa River along a nature trail. Vending machines provide some snacks and beverages, and you can bring your own food to enjoy on the picnic tables. To visit Western North Carolina Nature Center on your trip to Asheville, use our Asheville travel route planning website .
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including Western North Carolina Nature Center
Western North Carolina Nature Center Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
744 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Spent a few hours at the Nature Center while visiting Asheville and was not disappointed! Sometimes these places can be geared towards children but we (two adults) really enjoyed it. It was super chea...  more »
  • Went looking to see bears and we found them. Loved this cute little zoo outside of Asheville. I recommend you go in the morning or evening to get the most activity out of the animals  more »
Google
  • Awesome little zoo we stumbled upon a few years ago and now we try to visit as much as we can! They have recently upgraded and expanded a bit so it is even nicer! Some of the exhibits need better viewing areas but overall it is great! Lots of animals and even when it has been cold and rainy during our visits most of the residents have been out and active. Well worth the visit!
  • I loved this place. Wish I could stay longer. I kept getting dirty looks though since my toddler was screaming bloody murder in a designated quiet zone. Sorry bears. Wish I could've stayed longer, maybe next time. Very nice sized natural exhibits and I think its wonderful how they have wildlife that is from the area. Tons of activities for kids. Hopefully yours behave better than mine.

Plan your trip to Asheville

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Asheville

View all >
4.6
Duration: 4​h
4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Asheville

4.3
Duration: 8​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Asheville

5.0
Duration: 4​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Museums in Asheville

View all >
4.7
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h

Shopping in Asheville

View all >
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Asheville

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min