Travel Attractions

Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805
Distance from hotel: 12.2 mi
Phone: (828) 298-5600

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a unique 42-acre wildlife refuge located in Asheville, North Carolina. This unique sanctuary of the Southern Appalachian Mountains provides programs for school-age children, summer camps for elementary and middle-school children, demonstrations, and various nature activities for people of all ages.

The Center is open every day from 10pm to 5pm. The Nature Center, in addition to its various programs, is a refuge for a variety of unique wildlife such as otters, wolves, mountain lions, and bobcats. The Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is managed by the City of Asheville. The Nature Center also offers memberships, volunteer opportunities and a Junior Naturalist program.

The WNC Nature Center began its construction during the 1970s, and since then it has enjoyed more than 93,000 visitors. In a survey, 85% of people believed that the Nature Center was a very important piece of the community. The Nature Center offers the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, conservation of natural resources, and a wide range of educational resources and exhibits that can only be found at the WNC Nature Center.

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