The North Carolina Arboretum
An affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, The North Carolina Arboretum cultivates connections between people and plants.
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65 acres of gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking trails. Garden tours, nature activities, cafe and gift shop.
The arboretum is right next to the entrance of The Blue Ridge Parkway and is a lovely place to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. You do pay for parking yet it's worth it for a nice quiet stroll by a creek or through the woods. Bring your bike and you can ride there as well!
The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
Do you love nature but aren't huge on hiking? The Arboretum will sum it up perfectly! And in the spring/summer it's just so beautiful. They even have a succulent/bonzai tree feature that's incredibly fun.
“A historic estate built in 1889 s-95 in The Blue Ridge Mountains 250 rooms French Renaissance chateau at a 178,926 square feet a must see any time of the year ,taking in the architectural design and breath taking gardens .tickets available on line 2 hr beautiful drive from villa in Murphy”
“Great craft beer, bought out by Anheuser Busch but no major changes and still worth a visit ”
“A gorgeous hotel that's open to the public. Explore the 1920's era building, enjoy the great room with its giant fireplaces, and catch the sunset from their patio with a beverage. ”
“Walk to this sweet garden space with river running alongside lovely walking trail. At the entrance of UNCA.”
“LaZoom tours are a must!! Such a fun way the explore Asheville. If you have the little ones in tow, try the Kid Comedy Tour!! So much fun for the whole family. You can even pack snacks and small cooler filled with beverages for the kids AND the adults! ;)”