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Cradle of Forestry

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Address: 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Phone Number: 18288773130
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 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. We are CLOSED November-March.

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I enjoyed learning about the history of the forestry service in the United States and was surprised to learn that it actually started here in North Carolina. It was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
TGH1954
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed learning about the history of the forestry service in the United States and was surprised to learn that it actually started here in North Carolina. It was very informative and quite interesting. Walking through the buildings gives you a real sense of actually living it!

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Courtney L, Education Associate at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review! We hope you can make it up to visit us in the 2016 season. More 

Central Florida, Florida
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Make this a must if you are in the area of Pisgah Forest. Highly educational for students and adults of all ages. Very well kept trail and of course the views are outstanding. Very close to Sliding Rock and other attractions in the Pisgah area and quite accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a restaurant on site although... More 

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Courtney L, Education Associate at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review of the Cradle! We hope that you come by and visit us again! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We brought our two boys, age 8 and 10, to the Cradle of Forestry and enjoyed it. The boys liked the helicopter simulator right when we arrived. Make sure to check out one of the activity bags if you bring kids. The few things in there help to engage them as you walk along the trail. Take a few minutes... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The Cradle of Forestry located in Pisgah Forest is a great way to spend an afternoon exploring exhibits related to the first forestry school in North America. There are 2 primary trails over a mile each which are paved and fairly easy to walk. They feature items that represent what life was like during the school in the late 1890s... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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480 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

An hour or twos worth of information, a couple of ok films and some old buildings to explore. It's free on a Tuesday I think so worth a visit then. Nothing spectacular but ok.

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Merida, Yucatan
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120 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

When I was planning our stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway I was a bit dubious about how interesting the C of F would be for my two teens. Well, I shouldn’t have worried, they loved it! The first thing that struck me was how welcoming and helpful the staff were – they were predominantly elderly and I guess volunteers,... More 

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Morgantown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great break from camping and outdoor activities. The museum is nice and air-conditioned and the kids had a blast doing the scavenger hunt. There where short movies about forestry and fire safety and rescue. There were also a few different and easy hikes, informative for adults but not too exciting for young kids, we did the hike to the locomotive,... More 

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Snellville, Georgia, United States
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I went there because I was driving by and was happy that I did. The museum has three paved paths that go thru the forest and have different themes. I got there late in the afternoon and was only able to do the Biltmore Trail but enjoyed it immensely. I wish I got there earlier to do the others. Need... More 

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Cocoa, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed walking the trails and taking pictures at The Cradle of Forestry. We enjoyed learning about the first school of forestry in the USA and going through the well maintained original buildings. There is normally a $5 fee per person, but it is free on Tuesdays. Great for families. If you are here for lunch the... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Fun family trip. Forest is pristine. The exploration center has a helicopter replica and fun tunnels to crawl through. Kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt. Also, the trails outdoors were laid out nicely and had fun places for the kids to do, like riding saddle log, going inside a historic train and jumping stumps. We visited on Tuesday which happens to... More 

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