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Address: 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry...

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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Awesome adventure

This place is absolutely awesome. The main building is full of great exhibits showcasing forestry in America. There several paved hiking trails with easy grades. Along the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Justin Q
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is absolutely awesome. The main building is full of great exhibits showcasing forestry in America. There several paved hiking trails with easy grades. Along the trails are old historical sites including the first forestry school, old cabins, commissaries, steam driving sawmill, steam locomotive, and many others. This a great trip for a family or a class field trip.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Made a trip to the Cradle of Forestry after looking for things to do in the area. Really enjoyed learning about the history of forestry and especially in the Pisgah Forrest. It is well worth you time to take both walking paths to the various exhibits. There is a $5 admission fee per person.

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Cypress, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The visitor's center is great! Lots of good information and interesting exhibits. The historical trail with houses and train was worth visiting. The Forest Foilage Path however, was described as having an overlook that revealed the valley below with a great view. Nope. The path is beautiful. It does go up 300 feet in elevation, but there is not a... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Along with all the other things to see in the Pisgah Ranger District, the Cradle of Forestry should be on your list. In particular, if you have younger children or are visiting the area for the first time, a visit here will give you a great introduction to the flora, fauna, and history of the area. There is a little... More 

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Thank olligator
Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

We are so happy you visited the Cradle on one of our favorite days of the year! That was actually the first day for our new cafe vendor so I can imagine they were still working out some kinks. Thank you for your positive review and we hope you and your family can come back someday! More 

Chapin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a must see place! There is an exhibit and movie inside with a wonderful bookstore. You can even sit in a plane and feel like you are observing a forest fire. Wonderful! There are trails to walk too. Breath-taking and beautiful! It did not disappoint! God's beauty on full display here! Amazing! Well kept and wonderful!

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Thank Salgal1933
Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and time taken to leave us a thoughtful review! We hope you can make it back again someday! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Very interesting exhibits and trails with great historical information. Well maintained walking paths. Wonderful experience for a low admission price ($5 adult). Highly recommend a visit to the Cradle of Forestry!

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Thank kzerba
Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and positive review! More 

Jefferson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

They tell you the history of forestry in the US. There is an excellent museum, a film about Carl Schenk and his forestry school. There are three trails. We only had time for the historic trail. It showed buildings connected to the Forestry School. The helicopter virtual reality ride over a forest fire was excellent. You could easily spend the... More 

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Please come back and see us! More 

Shelby, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I stumbled upon this attraction by chance after taking a turn off a foggy Blue Ridge Parkway drive. First this was a relaxing and a learning experience. The museum is informative, interactive, and a great place to learn about the forest and forestry. Even kids should enjoy this, especially crawling through the small tunnel in the museum. After the museum,... More 

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Thank MDT2001
Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

We are sorry the fog obscured the wondrous views of the BRP but happy you chose to come visit with us and learn about the conservation of forests in the U.S. Thank you for leaving us a review! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This outpost of the National Forest Service has a great video about the making of the Pisgah National Forest. Several easy walking trails. Small admission charge. Gift shop has the usual selection of stuff made overseas, but a good selection of books related to the area.

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit us! We hope you can come back again someday. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Our first visit and since we already have great respect for Carl Schenk's collaboration with George Vanderbilt we were very appreciative of what he accomplished and the education ongoing in this special place. We will go again and drink in all the beauty of this unspoiled forest. Great experience for the children and grandchildren.....wanted to be one.

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Thank James W
Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

We agree this is a very special place and appreciate your acknowledgment of the work men like Schenck, Pinchot and Vanderbilt put into forest conservation. Thank you for your review! More 

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