WNC Nature Center

  • 75 Gashes Creek Road
  • Asheville, NC 28805
  • Phone: (828) 259-8080
  • Region: East Asheville

We're excited to welcome you back to the WNC Nature Center, now open 7 days a week! To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, please review the information on our website prior to your visit.

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. Home to over 60 species of animals native to Southern Appalachia as well as a pair of red pandas - introducing our new Prehistoric Appalachia exhibit. The Center is one of only three zoos in North Carolina to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Visit the WNC Nature Center for some WILD fun!

  • Rates - $
Attraction Amenities
  • Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Public Restroom
Discounts & Packages
  • Discount - AAA
  • Discount - Group Rates
  • Discount - Seniors
Food and Beverage
  • Beverages Available
Group Tour/Motorcoach
  • Motorcoach Parking
  • Monday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Tuesday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Thursday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Friday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - 3:30pm
  • Season: CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day
Meeting Facilities
Meeting Facility
  • Number of Rooms: 2
  • Total SqFt.: 1216
  • Largest Room: 616

The TreeTops Classroom (616 square feet with 60 person occupancy) and Forest Floor Classroom (600 square feet with 55 person occupancy) are both located in the Education Center at the WNC Nature Center. Adjacent restrooms and ADA compliant. Event rental includes tables, chairs, and admission to the wildlife park. Currently available for rental 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.

Contact admin@wildwnc.org with event rental questions.


  • Friday, August 9, 2024
  • WNC Nature Center
  • Location: WNC Nature Center
  • Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Times: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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