COVID-19 Policies & Practices – Updated Feb. 17, 2022

Please be aware of the following operational updates and restrictions in accordance with state and local guidelines related to COVID-19.

Current operations include:

  • The Arboretum is currently operating under its Fall Property Hours schedule. The property is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the incoming gate closing one hour prior at 6 p.m..
  • The Baker Visitor Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Although the Education Center remains closed at this time, first-floor restroom access is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the Bistro doors.
  • The Connections Gallery Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Baker Visitor Center.
  • The Bent Creek Bistro is not currently open but will reopen in March.
  • Guest Services staff are available for assistance at the Baker Visitor Center Information Desk.

COVID protections include:

  • On Feb. 15, 2022, Buncombe County Commissioners voted to allow the indoor face covering requirement to expire. Face coverings are recommended while indoors, but not required. To see more, see the Buncombe County website updates.