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Cradle of Forestry

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, Pisgah Forest, NC
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Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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151 reviews 151 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Not far off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the center is worth a stop. I wish I had a little more time to spend here. Very interesting exhibits. A few short trails/paths if you want to walk and see some history and exhibits. Well worth the $5 admission.

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Crestview, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you are a novice hiker, this is a good place to start. Plenty of benches along the trails for brief stops if desired. Lush trails lead to a logging train and other conservation exhibits. Inside the museum are murals depicting different jobs in the forest. A brief helicopter adventure over a raging forest fire is also available by video.... More

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Asheville, NC
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25 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Cradle of Forestry near Brevard and easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway close to Mt. Pisgah is one of our favorite local spots. It really is the cradle of modern forestry management in America. Admission is only $5, but admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays and free at all times for National Park Senior Pass holders --... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We lucked out and arrived on a day that it was free to get in so it was definitely worth the price of admission. But I would have paid to get in very interesting. Nice trails leave right from the center.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The cradle of forestry is only about 5 minutes from sliding rock, so we decided to visit both places in one day. Our boys are 12, almost 9, and almost 5. I would say the indoor museum is best suited for kids between the age of 3-8. The 12 year old was bored. The trail outside that shows the history... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very nice educational facility, the trails were well worth the walk. The scenery of the Pisgah National forest is incredible. Very educational for the entire family. Take your camera!

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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Staff was very friendly, facility was very neat and clean. I especially enjoyed the Biltmore Trail outside. This was the best part of our visit there. If you go don't miss this trail. It explains how the land was bought by George Vanderbilt and later sold to make the Pisgah Forest. The exhibits includes cabins,, a store, a lodge and... More

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Washington, NC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Nice exhibits, fun stuff for younger children and have some nice paths to walk that take you into the forest some.

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