Take a hike at the North Carolina Arboretum

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By Lucy McElroy

There is a little something for everyone at the North Carolina Arboretum – even those furry, four-legged friends. The arboretum, in Asheville, has more than 10 miles of well-maintained trails, ranging in levels of difficulty. Keep this easy trip in mind this summer.

Here is a quick guide to enjoying all that the North Carolina Arboretum offers:

  • The arboretum is open during the spring and summer from April to October. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All hikers must be finished exploring the trails by 9 p.m.
  • There is no entrance fee, but the arboretum offers convenient personal vehicle parking for $14.
  • 65 acres of cultivated gardens decorate the site. Check out the Bonsai Exhibition Garden and the Pollinators of the Landscape exhibit.
  • Trails are ranked “easy,” “moderate,” and “difficult.” Visit the North Carolina Arboretum website to plan a hike and decide where to bike.
  • The Art Walk at the Arboretum features pieces from various artists that symbolize people’s connection with plants. Check the art walk guide before visiting.
  • Fuel up at the Savory Thyme Café.
  • The Connections Gallery Gift Shop offers souvenirs to remember the trip.
  • Tours are available.
  • Cash, checks, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted. Be sure to bring proper payment to secure a parking spot.