UPDATE: The WNC Nature Center has been working diligently to prepare for a safe reopening that follows CDC, State, and local guidelines. From September 28 to October 4, there will be a members-only week for Friends of the WNC Nature Center. We will reopen to the general public on Monday, October 5. Learn more here.

Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Plan Your Visit

Open 7 days a week
Admissions 10am to 3:30pm
Park closes at 4:30pm

(CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day)

We're excited to welcome you back to the WNC Nature Center!

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, please review the following information prior to your visit:

Otter Sculpture Wearing Face Mask
Turtle sculpture wearing mask

What to Expect

  • In accordance with State and local guidelines, all guests ages 5 and older will be required to wear face coverings. 
  • To minimize contact, we are only accepting credit card transactions. We encourage you to buy your tickets online! Please use your credit card or bring exact change to use our vending machines, Penny Press (51 cents), and Chicken Feeder (25 cents).
  • Water fountains will be shut off. Vending machines are available to purchase drinks and snacks, and a water bottle filling station is located in the barn.
  • To reduce contact, maps will not be offered at the Front Entrance. There are several maps posted throughout the park, and you can also view the map below during your visit.

Safety Measures in Place

  • Indoor experiences and high touch areas will remain temporarily closed. This includes Appalachian Station, the picnic area, Wild Winds simulator, several Nature Play areas, and the mining sluice. The farm yard will be open, but animals cannot be touched. 
  • The Nature Center Gift Shop has been moved to the open-air barn. Gift Shop hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm,  and Sunday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Animal programs and encounters have been temporarily suspended to reduce crowding around animal habitats.
  • All Nature Center staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. Protective panels have been installed where face-to-face interactions most frequently take place.
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. 
  • Restrooms will be open, with foot pedals to allow hands-free entry.
  • Visual markers, protective barriers, and social distancing reminders will be located throughout the park.
  • Hours have been reduced to allow for a deeper sanitizing of the park each day. The Nature Center will close at 4:30pm, with last entry at 3:30pm.

The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and animals is a priority. Thank you for your understanding and support! Please email admin@wildwnc.org with any questions prior to your visit.


Adults: $10.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $7.95*)

Seniors (65+): $9.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $6.95*)

Youth (3-15): $6.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $5.95*)

2 and Younger: Free

Groups of 10 or more: Click here

All active duty and retired military receive free admission with ID.

To limit contact, online ticketing is encouraged. Only credit cards will be accepted at the Ticket Office.
There are no refunds or rain checks offered due to animal availability or weather.
Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be supervised at all times.

Tickets and membership cards are non-transferable.

Same day reentry is permitted with your receipt.

Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

Purchase tickets in advance and skip the line!
Tickets are good for three months from date of purchase.

As a member of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, you get free admission to the Nature Center for a year, plus free or reduced admission to 450 zoos, aquariums, and science centers!

*Asheville City residents receive discounted admission. The Nature Center is part of the City of Asheville’s Parks & Recreation Department, and Asheville residents’ tax dollars support the Nature Center’s operation. 

Plan Your Visit

Nature Center Guidelines

We want all of our guests, volunteers, staff, and animals to enjoy being at the Nature Center. Please review and respect the following guidelines:

Prohibited Items

Directions and Parking


The WNC Nature Center is located at 75 Gashes Creek Road in Asheville, North Carolina.


The WNC Nature Center offers free parking to its visitors. Accessible drop-off and parking spaces are available at the Front Entrance parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the lower lot.

Bus Parking

Please follow signs for bus parking, turning right at the Asheville Recreation Park after crossing the bridge. Please park bus before unloading passengers.