• April – October Property Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Daily
  • November – March Property Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily
    • Closed Christmas Day
  • 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. – 5 p.m.
  • Bent Creek Bistro Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Rocky Cove Railroad Hours: Trains run Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m. April through October

Parking Fees

  • Personal/Standard Vehicle (up to 20′ long): $20
  • Large vehicles (21′-29′ long): $60
  • Busses and Oversize Vehicles (30′ long+): $125
  • Members: Free

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).


Celebrate Every Season With Us

Join today and become part of The North Carolina Arboretum Family! Become a member and enjoy year-long perks at one of the most botanically diverse natural settings in America. With free parking, members receive access to over 65 acres of cultivated gardens, more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and an ever-changing lineup of stunning indoor and outdoor exhibits – plus discounts on tickets to Winter Lights and educational programs for adults and youth.


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.

Agritourism Statement:

Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.