Wildlife

From herds of free roaming elk to the animated antics of cute little otters, these mountains are home to hundreds of wildlife species.

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Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd

by Del Holston
Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer,…

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An Evening with the Elk

by Mark File
A quick trip to the gorgeous Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains offers big rewards. The…

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  • May
"Bogs, Bugs, & Beavers!" Guided Walks

May 28, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Cost: $5 ages 16 and over; FREE for youth 15 and under; FREE for Golden Age, America the Beautiful, or Every Kind in a Park passport holders

  • by Del Holston

    If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flare of this Southern … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Western North Carolina is covered with miles of rolling farmland, and home to a variety of " wildlife ." Asheville offers a variety of ways to interact with the more domestic creatures of the animal kingdom. Here are a few ways to go hand on with … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Has there ever been a creature so fearsome yet so adorable? If you spend enough time hiking or picnicking in the mountains near Asheville, then odds are it's only a matter of time before your next bear encounter—and 2015 may be a particularly great … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Whether you’re a casual bird watcher or you’re collecting sightings for your Life List, this is a birder’s paradise. Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Great Blue Herons, and Pileated Woodpeckers are just a few of the 200 birds that make their home here … read more