The North Carolina Arboretum near Meadowbrook Log Cabin Photo by Ken Thomas

The 434-acre Arboretum includes 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails through the natural beauty of Western North Carolina.

The North Carolina Arboretum
April 1 to October 31: 8 AM to 9 PM with entrance gates closing at 8 PM

Baker Exhibit Center, Education Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden
9 AM to 5 PM

The Connections Gallery; Baker Exhibit Center, Garden Level
11 AM to 4 PM

Savory Thyme Cafe
Tuesday through Saturday: 11AM to 4PM, Sunday, 12 Noon to 4PM

The North Carolina Arboretum has acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails where you can see some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.

  • Displays and exhibits are both indoors and outdoors.
  • Unique bonsai collections in the United States at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden
  • Discovery Day Pack Activities and Special Events
  • Gift shop with unique garden related items and regional crafts
  • Education programs for all ages

National Native Azalea Collection
Explore the National Native Azalea Collection along Bent Creek.
The National Native Azalea Collection is a wood-land garden with azaleas representing every species native to the US, along with many natural hybrids and selections. They are spectacular late spring and early summer.

The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge admission per person, only a parking fee. Parking is $12 per personal vehicle, $50 per commercial vehicle and $100 for buses. Cash and check are accepted at the Gatehouse; Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Gatehouse but limited to parking fee only. Parking is always free for members.

Directions to the North Carolina Arboretum from Meadowbrook Log Cabin

Meadowbrook Log Cabin is about 30 minutes from The North Carolina Arboretum.

  • Take I-26 West, toward Asheville to exit 37.
  • Turn left on NC-146.
  • You will see the signs for the Arboretum on the right just after the Outlet Mall.