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Cradle of Forestry

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Address: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah Forest, NC
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Great Place to Learn About Forestry

I went with my sister and her kids and my mom. We all had a good time. They have a lot of displays and information about forestry here. The kids loved the logging train. I enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Hendersonville, NC
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Hendersonville, NC
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I went with my sister and her kids and my mom. We all had a good time. They have a lot of displays and information about forestry here. The kids loved the logging train. I enjoyed the trail about the forestry school. There is a $5 per adult fee but it is well worth it. I would recommend bring food... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Love the displays for children and the paved walkways through the forest. The buildings are open for exploration and there are buttons you can push on the displays that will tell you more about the history of the cradle of forestry!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We love this place. You will find it so informative. There is a very educational film on how the 1st forestry school came about. Find out how this ties in to the beautiful Biltmore in Asheville. There is a very educational part of the center that had great hands on exhibits for children of all ages. We loved seeing the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We visited here whilst on holiday in the area and really enjoyed the visit. The exhibits and information was good, the walk along the trail visiting all the buildings that used to house the students and staff for the school of forestry many years ago was lovely. It had a café and the gift shop had a lot of different... More 

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Pendleton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice exhibits, film, slide show, friendly staff, and a lovely spot for a respite from all of the outdoor activities in the Pisgah Forest. Many exhibits are designed for children BUT even those with a degree in forestry will really enjoy the slide show. Several different walking trails to view numerous buildings.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is where it all started. Our national parks have there origin here. There is a diorama and display where kids can find a list of animals on a list furnished at the entrance. Outside is a reconstructed group of cabins etc with demonstrations of some traditional mountain skills

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Otis Orchards, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Unfortunately, it was pouring rain when we were at the Cradle of Forestry. What we saw was very interesting as it was the first "School of Forestry". The inside exhibits were informative. There are virtually no restaurants for miles on this part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. So, we were delighted to find a café in this attraction. I think... More 

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pegh8696
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you want to hike but don't want to be too far off the beaten path, then this is the place for you. They have a great visitors center which includes an indoor play area for the kiddos. It is very educational but approachable.

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We visited in June 2015 with our extended family while on vacation in the area. We had six adults and five children, ranging in age from 2 to 10 years. The Cradle of Forestry has a wonderful building, with exhibits the children really enjoyed, especially the cave and the fire helicopter! The gift shop was nice, and the cafe looked... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice educational resource located on the forest. I recommend everyone visit and learn about the forest.

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Additional Information about Cradle of Forestry

Address: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah Forest, NC
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Pisgah Forest
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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