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Biltmore Estate, Asheville: 77 reviews and 216 photos

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The Biltmore Estate originally covered 125,000 acres (506 km²) of hilly, mostly forested area. But George Washington Vanderbilt II was not very talented businessman and lost most of his fortune. After his death his wife was forced to sell most of the land. But even today the estate covers large area: 8,000 acres (32 km²). After visit to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and driving along the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachians) I expexted to meet at least some common deer (Virginia deer = white-tailed deer) in the estate. I was mistaken. There are so many cars and visitors that deer and other larger wild animals has left this area for years.

Instead following a trail to the Bass Lake I saw and heard some small birds. Then I saw numerous horses in the Deerpark Barns. They were for rent, well maintained and behavioured, taught not to take any food from visitors (it's surelly forbidden) and they let visitors stroke. The only other animal I've seen in the Biltmore Estate is in my picture 2. I don't know its proper name but... watch your steps not to kill it.

In 2004 the Farmyard in the Farm Village was not yet open. Now, you may go there to see or show your kids various family-friendly farm animals: hens and cuddly chicks, woolly lambs, sweet calves, fuzzy angora goats, and gentle Belgian draft horses.

Address: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC 28803
Directions: In the Biltmore Estate (map here). Details in my last transportation tip here
othercontact: +1 (828) 225-1600
Phone: +1 (800) 624-1575
Website: http://www.biltmore.com/explore/horsebarn/farmyard.shtml

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2007
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