WNC Nature Center

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

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.


Types of Tours:Guided and self-guided tours available.  Daily animal presentations at 11:30am and 3:00pm. Special events held seasonally. Allow 1-2 hours for group visit.      Group Policies: Group discount available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations required at least 14 days in advance.     Days & Hours of Operation: Daily, 10:00am - 5:00pm   Miles from Downtown Asheville: 3 miles.

As the local experts in Asheville, the ACVB would welcome the opportunity to source your overnight room needs and help you plan the perfect itinerary! Please contact us at 800-257-5583.

  • 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.

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