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Cradle of Forestry

Address: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah Forest, NC
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The center is located qt the old pink beds area of Pisgah National Forest. The mountains around are awesome, and you can drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway from here, if you like high scenic drives and the parkway is open. This is a remote area, but well worth the drive.there are old restored buildings and a nice forestry... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The birthplace of forestry in the United States, it is a wonderful place to explore interpretive displays and historic buildings. They also have some lovely paved walking paths. The day I visited, they were holding a fantastic live animal presentation with birds, snakes, and a groundhog. I didn't plan to visit this place, and came upon it via a recommendation... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was truly a great place to visit. I really didn't expect much from a forestry museum, but the inside was fun for the kids and the trails were really nice. The kids loved ringing the bell in the steam train!

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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70 reviews 70 reviews
42 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Only drawback is that it is off the beaten track. But very well worth it if you are into forestry history. Excellent displays and hands on activities for kids.

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Augusta, Georgia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
41 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were traveling through on US 276 and stopped at Cradle of Forestry In America, home to the U.S.'s first forestry school. COFA features exhibits dedicated to the forest school and forestry education, the history of forestry and the nature of the North Carolina mountains. There are three short hiking trails (1.5 miles or less), one of which loops through... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I had first been to the Cradle of Forestry with my older children in the early 90's. I returned with my eldest and youngest, and found it little changed. It is a great, hands on, learning experience about the forest environment and history of the area. It is absolutely a worthwhile stop to make! Combine it with a trip to... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I was staying at Lake Junaluska, NC and went through Waynesville on 276. It is a beautiful drive (if you’re looking out the front window), along a very winding road. The drive took me about an hour. I believe it would be a longer distance, but a shorter trip time wise to take Interstate 40 to 280 through Asheville. However,... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you need information on where to do and what to see, make sure you stop in the Cradle of Forestry. They had books and are very helpful.

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Cary, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This place is really kind of a hidden gem. The visitor center has tons of information about the history of forestry in the area (and America), and it has a great scavenger hunt for kids to do while exploring the exhibits. The gift shop is enormous with tons of stuff, both relevant to the USFS as well as Blue Ridge... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Half way up the road from Pisgah Forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway the site features exhibits explaining the development of Forest management. Outside the building there are 3 trails that showcase the subject. Original buildings from the Vanderbilt forestry school are well preserved. Lunch served by from a popular Brevard restaurant (Hobnob ). Free on Tuesday; always free to... More 

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