UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2020, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center remains temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with local officials to develop a plan to safely reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay Safe COVID-19 order. We anticipate opening during the month of September and will update the website and our social media platforms as soon as a date is confirmed.

Open 361 Days a Year: 10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry 4:30pm

Plan Your Visit

Open 7 days a week 10 am – 5 pm
last entry at 4:30 pm

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


To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, please review the following information 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.

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:

  • Please show common courtesy to fellow guests, staff, and volunteers by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behaviors. Failure to comply may result in removal from the Nature Center without a refund.
  • Children must be supervised at all times. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • For your own safety, obey all posted signs and do not cross barriers or enter areas restricted to Staff.
  • Feeding, touching, harassing, or harming any wildlife, including native squirrels, snakes, and birds, is prohibited.
  • We are not responsible for loss or damage of belongings or property within the Nature Center or our parking area, consistent with applicable law.

Prohibited Items

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All tobacco products and vaping devices
  • Balloons, balls, or other athletic equipment
  • Pets
  • Visible firearms (permitted concealed carry are allowed)
  • Recreational devices such as drones, remote-control toys, skateboards, hoverboards scooters, skates, bicycles, or tricycles.

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.