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.)

    ***November 20 – January 4: Property will close early at 5 p.m. to prepare for our Winter Lights holiday light show (separate tickets required)***

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

    Bonsai Exhibition Garden: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (April – November* only)

    ***Final open day for 2019 season: Sunday, November 17

    Rocky Cove Railroad Model Train ExhibitTuesdays, Saturdays 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

    ***Now OPEN: Holiday Gift Shop: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

    Learn More Here

  • Open 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily for Winter Lights. (Grill closes at 9:30 p.m.)

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

    View Winter Lights Menu Here

  • • Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) & Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) – Property open, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Buildings & Bonsai Exhibition Garden closed (parking fees waived). Will re-open for Winter Lights holiday light show at 6 p.m. (tickets required).

    • Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) – Property open, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Buildings & Bonsai Exhibition Garden closed (parking fees waived). Will re-open for Winter Lights holiday light show at 6 p.m. (tickets required).

    • Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) – Property CLOSED during the day. Will re-open for Winter Lights holiday light show at 6 p.m. (tickets required).

    • Thursday, December 26 – Property open, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Buildings & Bonsai Exhibition Garden closed (parking fees waived). Will re-open for Winter Lights holiday light show at 6 p.m. (tickets required).

    • Wednesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) – Property open, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Buildings & Bonsai Exhibition Garden closed (parking fees waived). Will re-open for Winter Lights holiday light show at 6 p.m. (tickets required).

The gate to The North Carolina Arboretum currently opens at 8 a.m. and closes to daytime visitors at 5 p.m.

Beginning Friday, November 22 and continuing through Saturday, January 4, the gates will reopen to incoming traffic at 6 p.m. for our separately-ticketed Winter Lights holiday light show and will remain open until 9 p.m.; however, Winter Lights visitors that are already inside the gates are welcome to remain on site until the outgoing gates close at 10 p.m.

Please note that the hours for individual buildings and certain amenities differ from general property hours and may change seasonally, as outlined above.

Parking Fees

  • Members: Free
  • Personal Vehicles: $14
  • 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. 

Discounts

    • 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 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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Directions

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.