Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805- Map It
(828) 259-8080

AAA Editor Notes

Western North Carolina Nature Center, 4 mi. e. on SR 81 to 75 Gashes Creek Rd., contains indoor and outdoor exhibits of southern Appalachian plant and animal life on a 42-acre site. Conservation initiatives include breeding programs for red wolves, cougars and North American river otters. Other animals include freshwater fish, snakes, deer, bears, raccoons, foxes, gray wolves, turtles and farm stock. The center also has an aviary, a petting zoo and a .6-mile nature trail. Picnicking is permitted.
$10.95; $9.95 (ages 65+); $6.95 (ages 3-15).
Hours: Daily 10-5; last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.