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The North Carolina Arboretum

Map of TRACK Trail at North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum TRACK Trail follows the Natural Garden Trail and loops through the gardens. The Natural Garden Trail is a 1 mile hike through a mixed hardwood forest. The trail through the formal gardens is 0.3 miles. The entire TRACK Trail is an easy 1.3 mile loop.

The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Formal gardens, seasonal exhibits, a Bonsai collection, a cafe, gift shop and more are available at the Arboretum. 

The North Carolina Arboretum has a $16 per vehicle fee for entry. Funds are used to maintain the grounds and sustain the future of the Arboretum.

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for North Carolina Arboretum

Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Nature Center, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality: Open all year
Flowers along the trail
View up the trunk of a tall tree
Pink magnolia flowers
Shaded dirt trail through forest
View of the parking lot
Mountain view through trees in autumn
Concrete paths near a greenhouse

Adventures for The North Carolina Arboretum


Nature's Hide & Seek

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The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Turtle Tales brochure

NC Arboretum: Turtle Tales

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Follow Shelly, an eastern box turtle, on one of her favorite Arboretum trails and learn about some of the trees and other plants that help her survive.

Let's Explore - ecoEXPLORE

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Scientists need your help! Use this brochure to learn how to be an ecoEXPLORER and share your nature observations with real scientists.


100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806
Latitude: 35.496225700000
Longitude: -82.609453000000

The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge admission per person. Parking is $14 per personal vehicle, free for members.
For directions please visit


The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The North Carolina Arboretum TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership between The North Carolina Arboretum and The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks Program.