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

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

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)

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

What to Expect

  • We are not taking reservations, and you do not need to pre-register to visit. 
  • We are accepting both cash and credit card transactions. To minimize contact, we encourage you to buy your tickets online! Please bring exact change to use our vending machines, Penny Press (51 cents), and Chicken Feeder (25 cents).
  • The Nature Center Gift shop is located near the Front Entrance. The shop is open Thursday-Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM and is closed on Wednesday. 
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Due to limited space, there may be times when visitors are asked to wait outside the Nature Center Gift Shop until someone exits. We also offer a plushie vending machine in the barn or you can preorder an item at our Online Gift Shop or by phone to be ready for pick up before you visit. If you have a pick up order and the Gift Shop is full, you can check in with the Membership Office.
  • 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 with any questions prior to your visit


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

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.
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.