hellbender salamander at WNC Nature Center

ASHEVILLE — The WNC Nature Center has reopened its Appalachian Station, the indoor exhibit building that houses 34 reptiles and amphibians, after being closed for 15 months due to COVID.

The WNC Nature Center is a 42-acre site in Asheville featuring natural habitats for species native to the Southern Appalachians, including fox, black bear, otter, bobcat — and even animals once home to these mountains like the red wolf and mountain lion. Paved paths weave through the natural habitat enclosures.

The critters in the glass tanks inside the Appalachian Station may not be as warm, cuddly or popular as the Nature Center’s furry animals. But they, too, play an important role in the Southern Appalachian ecosystem.

The cost to visit is $10.95 for adults, $9.95 for seniors and $6.95 for kids 3-15. (Discounts for City of Asheville residents.)

Located at 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville.