Asheville Zoo? Not Exactly.

Asheville is home to many wild and natural wonders but does not contain an actually Zoo, per say. However, the closest animal sanctuary that is open to the public is the WNC Nature Center, located in East Asheville near the Asheville Municipal Golf Course and the VA Medical Center. Yet, one doesn’t need to visit a Zoo to get close to nature in Asheville, North Carolina. We are home to thousands of acres of pristine hiking trails, with many state and national parks close by including Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway offers breathtaking views, and the famous Linville Gorge is just a day trip North towards Boone, NC.

Find a Zoo Near Asheville

If you do want the zoo experience then a family day trip to one of the nearby zoos may be in order. Western North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and the North Carolina Piedmont all have Zoo options that are 5 minutes to 4 hours away in distance, depending on your taste and how much driving you are willing to do. The Tennessee border is about an hour from Asheville and the South Carolina border is even closer.

Western North Carolina Zoos

WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-6500
5.5 miles East

Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals
1204 Tsalagi Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-4525
60 miles West

Santa's Land Family Theme Park
Soco Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-9191
60 miles West

New River Zoo
3581 Big Flatts Church Rd
Fleetwood, NC 28626
(336) 877-9219
100 miles North East

Tennessee Zoos

Rainforest Adventures
109 Nascar Dr
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 428-4091
93 miles West

Knoxville Zoo
3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 637-5331
112 miles West

North Carolina Piedmont Zoos

Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6521
120 miles East

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Asheboro, NC 27205
(336) 879-7000
200 miles East

Triangle Metro Zoo
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 562-8899
258 miles East

South Carolina Zoos

Hollywild Animal Park Inc
2325 Hampton Rd
Wellford, SC 29385
(864) 472-2038
60 miles South

Greenville Zoo
150 Cleveland Park Dr
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 467-4300
64 miles South

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Pkwy
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 779-8717
150 miles South

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