Public Building Access Restricted

To continue serving as an outdoor oasis for our members and guests while limiting staff exposure, effective Thursday, March 19, the Arboretum will be making the following building access changes to the public:
• Restroom access in the Baker Exhibit Center will remain open; however, the gift shop, exhibit hall and Exhibit Greenhouse will be closed.
• The Bonsai Exhibition Garden restrooms will be open to the public.
• The Education Center and Bistro will be closed to the public.

Hours of Operation

  • • Fall/Winter Property Hours (November – March): 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 6 p.m.)

    • Spring/Summer Property Hours (April – October): 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 8 p.m.)

  • • Education Center & Baker Exhibit Center: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

    Bonsai Exhibition Garden: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (Please note: Plants have been removed for the winter the season. Visit our indoor pop-up Tropical Bonsai Exhibit in the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse.)

    Indoor Pop-up Tropical Bonsai Exhibit: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (Located inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, November – April)

    Rocky Cove Railroad Model Train ExhibitSaturdays and Sundays:  Open 12 noon – 4 p.m. (April – October only)

  • • November-March: Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

    • April-October: Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

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  • *Please Note: The Bistro is currently closed for daytime service for the season. Normal daytime service will resume March 20, 2020.*

    Learn More Here

Parking Fees

  • Members: Free
  • Personal Vehicles: $16 (*effective 3/2/20)
  • 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 during the day beyond the standard parking fees listed above. Cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. 


    • 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.