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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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A Pleasant Fall Walk to Remember

We decided to come here largely because it was mentioned at our tour of Biltmore Estate. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David C
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Edmond, United States
Waterfalls 'n Wine was FANTASTIC!

Our guide Brian drove 7 of us in a very comfortable van to see 5 different (1 secret!) waterfalls... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kim R
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Temporarily Closed 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 1914 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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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

We decided to come here largely because it was mentioned at our tour of Biltmore Estate. The greeter at the gate gave us a good introduction to the place. We were glad to have our lifetime senior pass from the USGS which got us in...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide Brian drove 7 of us in a very comfortable van to see 5 different (1 secret!) waterfalls near Asheville. He was very informative, interesting, and patient, taking special care with those who had a little trouble climbing over some of the rocks. The...More

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and will pass this review on to Brian. Thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've lived in this area for six years and visited the Cradle of Forestry for the first time yesterday. Don't pass it by! Admission is $5, or if you have a National Parks Senior Pass you get in for free. The trails are smooth and...More

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

We are so happy you found us! Be sure to follow our website for updates on all of our 2018 events.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is national heritage area with a great film, exhibits, gift shop, cafe, bathrooms :) and paved trails. The greeter gave us a nice brief history of this site. After watching the movie we walked a mile trail that showcased the old buildings of the...More

Thank Tucker50
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

They are a national treasure indeed! We are so proud of our WNC heritage and efforts in conservation. Thank you for visiting us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place! Found the history inside a bit young for us, but a great place for children, very interactive displays. The paths are paved, well marked with many interactive displays for children and adults. We were here in mid fall, so most of...More

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

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave us a review. We agree that our woods are especially beautiful this time of year.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I attended this drama on a Friday night in October. Beautiful location in Pisgah National forest. Great outdoor drama!!! Very entertaining and interactive! Wonderful for the whole family. During the day there is a very educational film about the start of the...More

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

We love Tommy Hodges! The script changes every year, so be sure to return! Thank you for leaving us a review.

Reviewed 11 October 2017

My brother has attending the Forest Festival Day in the Pisgah Forest at Hendersonville, NC. I took my grandson and brothers to make a day of it. The competitors were all in when it came to showing off their skills. crosscut sawing, archery, axe throwing,...More

Thank Roy08AT
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This is along the road between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brevard. There is an interesting film about the beginnings of forestry in the US. There is a small exhibit hall with information and displays showing the early days of forestry in these mountains. There...More

Thank Ben T
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your visit to the Cradle and taking the time to leave us a kind review!

Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

This site is exquisite! There is a great hiking trail and it can be a meditative time. We did not find many people on the trail. There was even a train. The flowers and trees were gorgeous and we loved visiting this site.

Thank Gloria L
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

It is nice when you feel as though you have the trails all to yourself! Thank you for your visit and kind words.

Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We visited with out of town company, mostly because our guest was a professional forester with his own logging business. As a professional he really enjoyed The Who experience, including the movie, the museum displays and the outdoor historic buildings. The rest of us enjoyed...More

Thank Barb B
Courtney L, Interpretive Specialist at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

We are so grateful that you brought your visitors to the Cradle, and that you felt there were things for everyone to enjoy! Your positive words about our volunteers will be passed along to them. Thanks!

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