1840s Hayes Cabin, "dog trot" cabin moved from Madison County and reconstructed here. One side of the cabin was for sleeping and the other for cooking.
The authentic “dog trot” Hayes Cabin and a spring house demonstrate how our ancestors lived, and a gazebo provides shelter in the midst of the Sunshine Meadow. Along the way, strategically placed picnic benches and tables are wonderful spots to stop for a picnic lunch or to spend some quiet moments listening to the creeks ripple and the birds sing. Please do not bring pets, radios, or sports equipment to preserve the serenity.
The Visitor Center, housing the Garden Path Gift Shop, is open daily from mid-March through mid-December. The gardens itself are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. There is no fee for admission, although donations are always welcome.
Wade in the refreshing water of Reed Creek
Directions From Downtown Asheville
Take Merrimon Avenue (US 25) north for approximately 1.5 miles to the traffic light at W.T. Weaver Blvd and turn left. Pass entrance to UNCA. Entrance to Gardens is the about .2 mile on the right. Or drive Broadway north to W.T. Weaver Blvd and turn right.
Directions From I-26
Take Exit 25. At bottom of exit ramp turn left. At second traffic light, turn left on to W.T. Weaver Blvd. BGA's parking lot is first driveway on left.
Botanical Gardens at Asheville
151 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, NC 28804-3414
Telephone: (828) 252-5190
Another nice walk nearby is Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary.
A wonderful urban hike just two miles from downtown Asheville!