Please be advised that we do not allow any unescorted visitors on the premises, so an appointment is necessary to come to our Gift Shop if you wish to come on another day. We are always happy to schedule this. Contact or call (828) 688-9005.We love pets…but please leave them at home during your visit to our facility.

Wolf Trek Programs.
Educational Wolf Trek Work Programs are given on site at The Wolf Sanctum for groups who wish to pitch in and volunteer a bit at our 501(c)(3) non profit facility. You do not have to “work” however, for the Wolf Trek Programs. We like to encourage youth to participate rather than just being “amused” but if your time schedule does not allow for a program and a work chore, we will understand.Programs consist of an educational program given by the Director about the Wolf: their importance as a top predator in our eco-system; interesting facts about the wolf; their behavior; and current conservation efforts.Group participants will get to meet the residents of The Wolf Sanctum, which represent several sub-species of the Gray Wolf. At our Welcome Center, educational handouts are available and a video presentation of “A Baby Timber Wolf Grows Up” can be viewed, as well as other more advanced level films.Group size should be limited to approximately 12 students. Larger groups will be split up into tour sizes of approximately 10-15 students at a time. One group will get to view a video while we give the smaller group tours, and we will rotate the groups as necessary.Our Wolf Trek Work Programs are sponsored by The Wolf Sanctum free of charge. Donations are appreciated.Sorry, we do NOT do any off-site programs.Our on site Wolf Trek Programs are given in the afternoons only.

Please go to the “Directions” tab to get directions to the Wolf Sanctum. We urge you to NOT trust a GPS unit  (or mapquest) up here in the mountains…it will lead you over roads that only a mule train could traverse. No kidding. Also, if you want to put in our address to get a general idea, type in 3815 Cane Creek Road, Bakersville, NC 28705. Our road name Wolf Crossing is a private road and won’t show up.

Reference “Directions” ….do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use GPS or map-quest. GPS will guide you to Henson Creek Road, which dead ends at a dirt road, and unless you have a mule, you aren’t going to make it over the mountain!!However, if you have a male with you and he insists on at least looking at his GPS gadget, tell him to put in 3815 Cane Creek Road, Bakersville, NC 28705. Wolf Crossing is a private road name and might not show up.When you get to our road, Wolf Crossing, come up to the top of the drive and TAKE THE FIRST RIGHT. This is the road in FRONT of all the white signs. Thank you.Education is important to us and we welcome those who would like to visit our facility for a tour and learn about wolves. As a non-profit, we do NOT charge a “ticket” price for tours. This means there is NO ADMISSIONS CHARGE. Donations are appreciated.We depend on donations and sales from our Gift Shop to fund and feed our resident animals.

OPEN HOUSE  starts on May 4th, 2013 this year and ENDS ON OCTOBER 26th.   You are welcome to come for a tour on every Saturday from the hours of noon until 6:00 p.m. without an appointment during the Open House period.

Tours by appointment are scheduled in the afternoons Wednesdays OR Fridays .  You do NOT need an appointment to show up on Saturday during the Open House Season.  Once the season ends however, you do need to make an appointment.     Please e-mail the Director to schedule these.


Reminder – we can not give tours if it is pouring down rain. Sorry.

GIFT SHOP/ Open House…The Wolf Sanctum hosts an “Open House” from the beginning of May through the end October on SATURDAYS ONLY.. We are open to the general public on Saturdays from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Our Director, Liz Mahaffey, is an artist member of the Toe River Art Council and her artistic work is displayed at the Gift Shop or on the on-line stores.

Our Wolf Trek Programs are popular presentations….a sampling of our Treks

Ms. Curtis’s 6th Block Language Arts Class/Bowman Middle School Boy Scouts of America, Bear Den Scout Pack
Holston Presbytery Camp, Rock Hoppers
Avery County 4-H
Holston Presbytery Camp from Banner Elk
Switzerland Care/ Little Switzerland, NC
Mitchell HS Occupational Science Class
Mayland College Lifelong Learning
Free Will Baptist
Girl Scouts, Haywood County
Holston Presbyterian Camp
Girl Scouts, Avery Co.
Girl Scouts, Buncombe Co.
Heritage Homeschool, Avery Co.
Deaton Elementary School
Bowman and Tipton Elementary 4-H
Boy Scout Troop 74, Glen Arden
Mitchell High School Science
Deerfield Retirement Community
Girl Scout Troop 1251
Gouge Clover Buds 4-H
Heritage Hillbilly Festival
Mitchell Co Explorers
The Orchard at Altapass
Rites of Passage Retreat for Women
Girl Scouts, Newland
Girl Scouts, Bryson City
Girl Scout troop 112
Stone Mountain School
University of North Carolina
Rotary Club
National Park Service/Crabtree Meadows
National Park Service/Linville Falls
Kiwana’s Club
Hidebran Library
Gouge Elementary School
Montessori School
Deaton Elementary School 4-H
Lees-Mcrae College
Cub Scout Pack 62