Changes to Public Access

The Education Center is now open to the public.

First-floor restroom access is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the Bistro doors.

The new Winter Lights Gift Shop, located in the Education Center Auditorium is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, and 6-10 p.m. during Winter Lights.


  • April – October Property Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • November – March Property Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Special Hours for Winter Lights November 17 – January 1:
       Incoming gate closed at 5 p.m. Winter Lights is open to ticket holders

      from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the entrance gate closing at 9 p.m.

  • Incoming gate closes one hour prior to closing time. 
  • Baker Exhibit Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Connections Gallery Gift Shop Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bent Creek Bistro Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. during Winter Lights (November 19 – January 1, 2021)
  • Rocky Cove Railroad Hours: Trains run Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon – 4 p.m. through October

Parking Fees

  • Members: Free
  • Personal/Standard Vehicle (up to 20′ long): $16
  • Large vehicles (21′-29′ long): $50
  • Busses and Oversize Vehicles (30′ long+): $100

Apart from the parking fee, there is no other admission charge to enter the Arboretum or our facilities, except in the case of advertised ticketed events.

Guests can apply their personal vehicle parking ticket towards an Arboretum Society Membership by signing up on-site or contacting Membership Services after their visit (must keep parking ticket with you to redeem).


    • 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.

Become a member today!

Discover, connect, belong. The benefits of membership with The North Carolina Arboretum Society extend far beyond free parking.


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.