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Cradle of Forestry

#7 of 19 things to do in Pisgah Forest Features Animals
11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
+1 828-877-3130
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History of Forestry

Great drive from Candler NC to the facility to listen to some mountain music. Very lush, greenery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
glmtpm
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Candler, North Carolina
Great for all ages!

We stopped here after sliding rock and it was the highlight of the day! Their visitor center is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christine M
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a simulated ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall. Come explore the sights and sounds, check out the events and activities, and plan your adventure at the birthplace of Forest Conservation in America - the Cradle of Forestry in America. We are CLOSED November-March.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great drive from Candler NC to the facility to listen to some mountain music. Very lush, greenery. The staff and volunteers very friendly. But to eat the café is only open from 11a-3p and music starts from 4p-530p so bring food and drink if needed

Thank glmtpm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here after sliding rock and it was the highlight of the day! Their visitor center is filled with interactive things for the kids and interesting facts for the adults. Helicopter simulator is inside. Outside are 2 - 1 mile long paved trails. Take...More

Thank Christine M
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your visit! We are so happy your entire family enjoyed the Cradle.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here to have lunch and we ended staying for the history. A forest ranger and volunteers talked us into finding out more. We went to the movie first, made by National Geo. It depicts the history in 30 minutes or less. Really nice....More

Thank onemichael
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for deciding to stay and tour the facilities! The film is a superb introduction to the legacy here and to give credit where it's due the film was actually created by Bonesteel Films and the Forest History Society. We are proud of their quality...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those unique, fun and educational experiences you have mixed feelings about sharing with the rest of the world, since getting reservations is competitive enough! But that said, I would strongly recommend this group of committed forest-folk whose love for what they...More

Thank Steven C
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed the "In Search of Blue Ghosts" tour!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Pisgah National Forest and this wonderful exhibit about forestry in the area. What a beautiful location. Late blooming rhododendrons lined the streams and the road. Great place for families to hike and enjoy nature.

Thank 997juneg
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your visit and kind review. The rhodies this year are AMAZING!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you must visit this place. There is a half-hour introductory film and a small museum about the forestry service and its "start" in this part of the Appalachians--particularly the Biltmore Forestry School & Forest. There are three trails (all are a mile or just over)...More

Thank tencatdaddy
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your visit and we are glad you took advantage of all the trails and interpretive opportunities!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How wonderful that the very idea of forest conservation and utilization came not only from this region, but from a very affluent family in our area. The legacy continues and you are able to glimpse a part of history. Walking is very easy and I...More

Thank Allisonspring
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your visit and contributing a few wonderful photos!

Reviewed 20 June 2017

We chose to do our honeymoon in Brevard after seeing some of the fun Pisgah Field School activities offered by the Cradle of Forestry, and we’re so glad we did. “In Search of the Blue Ghosts” was a real treat. We loved Carlton and Nick’s...More

Thank karamike
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Took 3-month-old and 64-year-old, and it was a great visit for all! 3, 1-mile trails with great exhibits and awesome history. Highly recommend! Definitely worth the $5 admission; will be back.

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 14 June 2017

What a great way to spend our 44th anniversary! Bryan was an excellent guide. We not only enjoyed fabulous waterfalls but he also pointed out some of the forest trees and plants to us! He also identified a bird or two from their song. He...More

Thank Sandy J
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