The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

The North Carolina Arboretum is home to 26 hectares (65 acres) of cultivated gardens and 16 km (10 mi) of hiking and biking trails. Head to the stream to visit the National Native Azalea Collection, where you can see nearly every U.S. azalea species. Learn about traditional North Carolina crafts, such as basketry and broom-making, at the Heritage Garden. The bonsai collection features an array of traditional Asian trees alongside some American species. You can explore more gardens and discover stunning views of the Pisgah National Forest via one of the easy, moderate, or difficult hiking or biking trails. Put The North Carolina Arboretum into our Asheville online driving holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Gardeners Delight! If you love flowers and want a place to explore, this is the spot. The Arboretum was recommended by the hotel staff where we were staying. Easy to get to and beautiful. I'm a photog...  more »
  • We came to arboretum to get away from downtown Asheville. The admission price is fair at $14 a vehicle. Our 4 year old enjoyed looking at all of the flowers and especially like the train exhibit and t...  more »
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  • Great place to walk around and take in nice weather in a beautiful, peaceful environment. We took young kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the Thomas the Train exhibit (on Tuesdays) and it gave them a chance to walk around / release some energy. The Bonsai exhibit is spectacular. I have never seen such a large, well kept collection, especially outdoors. Entry is free, parking is paid but it is worth the money!
  • Wonderful! Beautiful! A must-see if you are in the area. Lovely landscaping with lush plantings and meandering trails. Several water features. The bonsai exhibit is spectacular. There's a small cafe on site that serves healthy and tasty food, much of it locally sourced. You can sit inside or out. A great way to enjoy nature and its delights.
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