Hours of Operation

  • Spring/Summer Property Hours;
    • April – October
      • 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 8 p.m.)
  • Fall/Winter Property Hours:
    • November – March
      • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 6 p.m.)
      • Special Note: During the Winter Lights (Nov. 18, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) nighttime event, the Arboretum property closes at 5:00 p.m.
  • Bonsai Exhibition Garden, Baker Exhibit Center and Educational Center Hours:
    • Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
      • Special Note: From approximately November throught the beginning of May there are no live bonsai on display in the exhibition garden due to colder weather. 

Fees

The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. The first Tuesday of every month, the Arboretum also offers a 50% discount on personal vehicle parking ($6). Current parking fees are:

  • Members: Free
  • Personal Vehicles: $12
  • Motorhomes / Vehicles (21’ or larger): $50
  • Buses: $100

There are no other admission charges required for visitors to access the Arboretum’s grounds and facilities beyond the standard parking fees.

Directions

Please note: Most GPS units do not correctly identify the Arboretum’s location within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, therefore we DO NOT recommend the use of a GPS device for navigation to the Arboretum. If your navigation system directs you to the Arboretum service entrance off Wesley Branch Road, please turn back and follow the road to the traffic light. Turn right (south) onto Brevard Road/Hwy. 191 and continue in the right lane, which will become a turn only lane. Turn right at light and the entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum is ahead on the right.

Driving directions from:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway – Exit at mile marker 393 for The N.C. Arboretum, Hwy. 191 and Interstate 26. On the exit ramp, the entrance to the Arboretum is immediately on the left (before Hwy. 191 and traffic light).
  • Downtown Asheville – Take Interstate 240 West (soon to be I-26 East, both signs may be present) and merge onto Interstate 26 East. Take Exit 33 (marked Blue Ridge Parkway/Brevard Road/Hwy. 191). Turn left (south) onto Hwy. 191. Travel south on Hwy. 191 for approximately 2.1 miles (pass Asheville Outlets). Look for brown signs for the Blue Ridge Parkway and The N.C. Arboretum. Turn right at the light and the entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum is on the right.
  • Asheville Regional Airport – Take Interstate 26 West (travel North toward Asheville), approximately seven miles. Take Exit 33 (marked Blue Ridge Parkway/Brevard Road/Hwy. 191). Turn right at the top of the ramp (south) onto Hwy. 191. Travel south on Hwy 191 for approximately 2.1 miles (pass Asheville Outlets). Look for brown signs for the Blue Ridge Parkway and The N.C. Arboretum. Turn right at light and the entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum is ahead on the right.
  • Hendersonville – Traveling via Brevard Road/Hwy. 191 N, pass under the the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge and turn left at traffic light. The Blue Ridge Parkway ramp continues to the left and the Arboretum entrance is immediately on the right.
  • Eastbound I-40 – Merge right onto Interstate 26 East. Take Exit 33 (marked Blue Ridge Parkway/Brevard Road/Hwy. 191). Turn left (south) onto Hwy. 191. Travel south on Hwy. 191 for approximately 2.1 miles (pass Asheville Outlets). Look for brown signs for the Blue Ridge Parkway and The N.C. Arboretum. Turn right at light and entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum is ahead on right.
  • Westbound I-40 – Merge left onto Interstate 26 East. Take Exit 33 (marked Blue Ridge Parkway/Brevard Road/Hwy. 191). Turn left (south) onto Hwy. 191. Travel south on Hwy. 191 for approximately 2.1 miles (pass Asheville Outlets). Look for brown signs for the Blue Ridge Parkway and The N.C. Arboretum. Turn right at light and the entrance to The North Carolina Arboretum is ahead on the right.

Need more help with directions? Please call 828-665-2492.