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The North Carolina Mountains Sights

North Carolina Arboretum

  • 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Map It
  • Greater Asheville
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/15/2014

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Part of the original Biltmore Estate, these 434 acres completed Frederick Law Olmsted's dream of creating a world-class arboretum in the western part of North Carolina. The Arboretum is now affiliated with the University of North Carolina and is part of Pisgah National Forest. Highlights include southern Appalachian flora in stunning settings, such as the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden, with bedding plants arranged in patterns reminiscent of Appalachian quilts, and sculptures

set among the gardens. The Arboretum has 65 acres of cultivated gardens. A 10-mile network of trails is great for hiking or mountain biking. A bonsai exhibit features miniature versions of many native trees. The 16,000-square-foot Baker Exhibit Center hosts traveling exhibits on art, science, and history. Dogs are welcome on the grounds but must be leashed.

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Sight Information


100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 10 miles southwest of downtown Asheville, at Blue Ridge Pkwy. (MM 393), near I–26 and I–40, Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free; $12 for parking
  • Visitor and exhibit center: daily 9–5. Gardens and grounds: Apr.–Oct., daily 8 am–9 pm; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–7 (gates close 1 hr earlier)

Updated 10/15/2014


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