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Address: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah Forest, NC
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Good walk to historic buildings

also fun little museum. Some excellent docents. Home of the first forestry school--just before Yale's and Cornell's. On the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah Forest.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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denton, tx
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denton, tx
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

also fun little museum. Some excellent docents. Home of the first forestry school--just before Yale's and Cornell's. On the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah Forest.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Bring the kids this is a great stop, get out of the rain or heat and tour the inside and take a hike around the trial to learn more about where forestry got its start. We always go here, it is great.

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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
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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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121 reviews 121 reviews
52 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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66 helpful votes 66 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
52 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
31 helpful votes 31 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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INVERNESS
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14 helpful votes 14 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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