5 Reasons to Visit the North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Get ready to awaken your senses. At the North Carolina Arboretum, you will be filled with a sense of peace and relaxation as you walk through the beautiful landscape and trails. The arboretum contains one of the Southeast’s most impressive Azalea collections and is recognized for its Bonsai collection.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located in the Pisgah National Forest.

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The North Carolina Arboretum

Here are 5 Reasons to Visit The North Carolina Arboretum


Photo by Megan Lee

There are excellent trails for hiking and biking. They have some benches where you can sit and relax. Also, leashed pets are welcome on the trails and in the gardens. List of trails can be found here.

Exhibits & Events

Rose Show from the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

A few weeks ago, I attended the Rose Show hosted by the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society. It was a wonderful treat to admire the many varieties of roses and learn about them.


Photo by Kari Shea

The East Asian Collection was established in 2005, and is a popular exhibition of the North Carolina Arboretum. There are 40 specimens on display. This exhibition is opened seasonally; ( May – October, 9 am – 5pm daily.) During the winter months, the exhibit can be found at the Baker Visitor Center’s Greenhouse (November-April, 9 am – 5 pm daily.)

Gift Shop

Photo by Jess Bailey

The Connections Gallery gift shop is filled with merchandise where you can purchase plants, art books, home decor, jewelry, soaps, toys, and garden accessories.


Photo by: Luis Covarrubias

The Bent Creek Bistro restaurant offers many gourmet sandwiches, salads, pizza, and beverages. Also, you have the option to sit indoor or outside and enjoy the scenery.

Hope you decide to visit this joyous, peaceful, and relaxing place.

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad 🌿


North Carolina Arboretum
100 Fredrick Law Olmsted Way, NC 2880
phone: 828-665-2492

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