Public Building Access Restricted

As part of the Arboretum's Phase 1 reopening plan, the following public accesses will be restricted until further notice.
• Both buildings will remain closed. Several portable restrooms will be available on campus for use.
• The Bonsai Exhibition Garden will be closed.


Please note: The Arboretum will continue to operate under its Fall/Winter property schedule as part of its Phase 1 reopening plan.

  • Fall/Winter Property Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (incoming gate closes one hour prior at 6 p.m.)

Parking Fees

  • Members: Free
  • Personal Vehicles: $16 (*effective 3/2/20)
  • Motorhomes / Vehicles (21’ or larger): $50
  • Buses: $100

Please note: Only credit cards will be accepted for parking fee payment at the Gatehouse at this time.


    • AAA Members receive $1 off personal vehicle parking fees (valid cards must be presented at the gate).
    • AHS Reciprocal Garden Members receive free parking for personal vehicles (valid cards must be presented at the gate).
    • Check out a Buncombe County Library ZOOM Pass or Henderson County Library ZOOM Pass to receive free parking to the Arboretum (reservations required).
    • Active/retired veterans receive free parking on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
    • First Tuesday of every month, the Arboretum offers a 50% discount on personal vehicle parking.

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Best Address for GPS:
20 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806

Please note: Many 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.

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