Bears

Big, furry, and often times adorable, spotting a black bear in the wild is a sight to behold – from a distance of course.

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Bear Cubs in Tree
The Bear Necessities

by Asheville Insider
Has there ever been a creature so fearsome yet so adorable? If you spend enough time hiking or…

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Foggy Grandfather Swinging Bridge
You Shall See Wonders: A Day at Grandfather Mountain

by Leigh Ann Henion
Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of…

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Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum
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Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

November 18, 2016
Cost: $18 Adults/$16 Ages 5-11/Free for Children 4 and Under. All Tuesday tickets are $15. Aboretum members receive $2 off.

Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville

50 Things to Do in Asheville

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 … read more

Children with Goats

Not So Wild-life

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 … read more

Bear Cubs in Tree

The Bear Necessities

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 … read more

Otters

Otters

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

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Chasing the Monarch

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