Fodor's Expert Review North Carolina Arboretum
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. 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.Admission is free but there is a parking fee.