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Cradle of Forestry

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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
+1 828-877-3130
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We went to see the blue ghost fireflies last night and they were everywhere - it was a really good... read more

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Dan F
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Enjoyed the entire tour. Great introduction on the Blue Ghost Fireflies so we knew what we were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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*Temporarily Closed for Winter Hours, reopening April 7th, 2018* 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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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+1 828-877-3130
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to see the blue ghost fireflies last night and they were everywhere - it was a really good evening for viewing. After a 30 min. discussion in the amphitheater we started down the path around 9 pm and walked until 10 pm. Along...More

Thank Dan F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed the entire tour. Great introduction on the Blue Ghost Fireflies so we knew what we were looking for and where. Staff was great in directing us to the location of the fireflies. If you are looking for something different, educational and just fun join...More

Thank George G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors' center is limited to restrooms, a gift shop, and an auditorium with an educational video. The cafe was closed for repairs. There are three paved hiking trails of 1-3 miles. The trails are nice, but wind around and intersect at various places. No...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we went here before visiting the Biltmore, as it gave us a deeper understanding of the extent of the Vanderbilts' impact on not just North Carolina, but the introduction of forestry into the USA. Well done!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by on a Saturday - lots of children around - to see what was going on. Wonderful exhibits, movies, gift shop, and three different one-mile hikes make for a great day.

Thank Charlene A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nestled in a national forest off of US 276 between the Blue Ridge Parkway and US 64 near Brevard, NC is the Cradle of Forestry, with the full name of The Cradle Of Forestry In America. This huge rural museum and interpretive center is excellent...More

Thank Robert V
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The mountains of western NC are home to a school almost everyone will enjoy attending, if only for a few hours. In 1968, the US Congress set aside 6,540 acres of Pisgah National Forest for the purpose of preserving the birthplace of forestry and forestry...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Great place for a long stroll. Entertaining and educational. Great for school age and up. The paths are level so strollers are no problem.

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

An exceptional, interpretation of the role and importance of forestry through several centuries. The buildings and exhibits are easy to navigate and friendly staff are available for questions.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

In the middle of Pisgah Forest half way up 276 on way to the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Cradle of Forestry. Historical buildings and easily navigated pathways set amidst the forest canopy - truly an adventure in history in a beautiful...More

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I hope you received the answer you were looking for regarding Cradle of Forestry blue ghost dates. We are offering tours on Tuesday-Saturday from May 15 to June 2. You can check out the website for a link to the online... More
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