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

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Construction is in progress around our barnyard area. Please bear with us while we make improvements for our animals and guests!

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)


Adults: $13.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $9.95*)

Seniors (65+): $12.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $8.95*)

Youth (13-15): $13.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $9.95*)

Child (3-12): $9.95 plus tax
(City of Asheville – $7.95*)

2 and Younger: Free

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

To limit contact, online ticketing is encouraged.
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, shirts, and bottoms (no swimwear) must be worn at all times.

Save time and buy your tickets online in advance! Tickets are good for 90 days 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.