The center is conveniently located off of I-40 E in Asheville, NC. It is an AZA and ASTC reciprocity member. So, if you have one or the other membership, you can get into the center for free. The price for adults is $10.95 +tax and children 3-15 is 6.95+tax. You can bring your own lunch and eat in the center or buy hotdogs, nachos, etc. from a vendor in the park.
When we visited there were a few school groups and many moms with young children in strollers. There is plenty of space in front of the exhibits to not feel crowded, which is nice. We walked through the middle level of the center and then hiked along the Trillium trail. The trail is a bit narrow, rocky, washed out and needs some maintenance. It is not stroller or little one friendly. The trillium and other forest flowers were in bloom and looked lovely. The Swannanoa river borders the bottom of the trail and nature center. Of course, the boys gravitated to the river. It is absolutely lovely!
The biggest thrill was the black bears. They are mesmerizing to watch and the center has created a nice boardwalk area to view the bears from above.
We will definitely go back to explore more and check out the Wild Child backpacks!