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Asheville - The Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road

Our Mission:

The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.


Brittnay Trantham

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Took my 18 month old for the first time and she absolutely loved it! They have so much to learn and do there, plenty to keep the youngsters happy and entertained. All the animals are out and moving around in their habitats (around this time of year), got a lot of awesome photos. They have little jungle gyms, a hiking trail and a petting zoo. It is well maintained, animals are happy and healthy. Definitely a place I’ll be taking her again.

Jeremy Leath

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
My daughter loves bears, and she was tickled to be able to see the two bear they have here. The walkway being above the enclosure makes it easier for our two year old to see the animals. When we visit other nature centers or zoos the enclosure the animals are typically in is much harder to see for younger children. We enjoyed our trip and will be returning again soon. Thanks to the hard working employees too who will talk and share info about the various animals as well.

Vanessa Lippay

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Very enjoyable! Animals all stemmed happy and everything was out lounging or being active except a few of the animals so we got to see everything. There are quite a few hills so may not be the best walk for elderly or very small kids but it wasn't that bad. It's not huge so can be walked in a few hours.

Michele Solomon-Brown

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Small zoo-like setting. Perfect for a first time trip for toddlers. Animals are a bit skidish and hide or lie with back towards visitors late in the try to visit early when it's cool or at feeding times. Manageable walking even with strollers.

Brian Carrington

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
We spent about one and a half hours walking around. Many young parents with little ones. A friendly and informative zoo. We saw all the animals, even the black bear. Loved the cougars, otters, and bobcat. A relaxing walk while enjoying seeing animals you rarely see. A great place for children.

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