Exhibiting over 60 species of animals native to Southern Appalachia. Exhibits include: Appalachian Station - which highlights the diversity of the Smoky Mountains; Appalachian Predators – Life on the Edge which features red and gray wolves, bobcats, cougars and coyotes; The North Carolina Farm - featuring domestic animals commonly found on Appalachian Farms; and the popular Life Underground exhibit. The Center welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually. The Center is one of only three zoos in North Carolina to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Western North Carolina Nature Center. Fun. Happening Daily.
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the “STAFF ONLY” doors at the Nature Center?Now’s your chance to find out! Areas visited on the Wild Walk … more
Join us as we roll out the red carpet for a one of a kind fundraising event at Highland Brewing featuring a special premier of our new promotional … more