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Cradle of Forestry

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What a great way for the kids to see how the forest develops and what we have done to try to help... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Jim P
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Nice place and very interesting

We have been told about this place for years. What a treat. The people could not have been any... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Brevard, North Carolina
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*Temporarily Closed for Winter Hours, reopening April 7th, 2018* 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...more
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

What a great way for the kids to see how the forest develops and what we have done to try to help conserve it through the years. It is a beautiful location, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is very informative, and even the younger...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

We have been told about this place for years. What a treat. The people could not have been any nicer or more knowledgeable. We learned a lot and it was very interesting. We had lunch on the patio and it was fantastic. The chef and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Good hiking trails, super options for photography. I was with a group but we spread out. Good photo opportunities. It was so good, I went back a second day for a second trail. The restaurant should not be missed.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

A nice museum of history of the area primarily forest related. Nice selection of books in the gift shop. Interesting for all ages.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Great family fun with a little history thrown in for good measure. The Legend of Tommy Hodges is a moving play complete with local musicians, interesting characters like the overly-excited 'coon hunter' looking for his hounds, and even a Ranger on horseback. It all begins...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were camping in the area and spent a few hours exploring this unique and informative place. We were educated on lots of things that I did not know even though I grew up in the area. Beautiful trails and exhibits and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

It’s a nice place to stop and the kids enjoyed checking it out, but honestly we were in and out in 30 minutes which didn’t seem quite worth the $5 per adult and $3 per child. It’s also starting to feel pretty musty and careworn...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

We did not engage in all the activities available due to our limited time, but we highly recommend the video about the founders of forestry hired by Vanderbilt. C A Schenck and Pinchot - but the history of Schenk's forestry school and his contributions to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cleichhorn
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Some friends and I met to have tea with llamas. It was so much fun! The llamas were fabulous. The handlers/owners taught us a lot. The walk was a loop of about a mile, paved path, mostly level. A stop about 3/4’s of the way...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

I had never heard of the Cradle of Forestry, but I am glad our friends encouraged us to go! I recommend it for all families whether you have young children or teenagers or both! The cost was inexpensive. We spent several hours there, and we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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February 20, 2018|
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Response from Courtney L | Property representative |
I hope you received the answer you were looking for regarding Cradle of Forestry blue ghost dates. We are offering tours on Tuesday-Saturday from May 15 to June 2. You can check out the website for a link to the online... More
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My husband and I are doing a half day drive from Asheville down BRP up through Waynesville and back to Asheville. There are a bunch of "shortish" hikes that look great, but we don't have time for them all. What are your opinon's for the prettiest ones in the fall? We will be doing this October 24th. 1. Mt. Pisgah 2. Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower 3. Cradle of Forestry 4. Graveyard Fields 5. Black Balsam 6. Devil's Courthouse I think we can allot about 3 hours total to actual...More
September 21, 2017|
Response frombornwithwheels|
I can only speak for Graveyard Fields. If I remember right it was about an hour round trip from the road to the bottom pool and back. There is another portion to it that we did not do. It's stairs part of the way, then crossing a stream and rocky trail the rest of the way. There are a couple areas to rest or just sit on the rocks and enjoy the view. There is a pool of water at the bottom you could swim in. I waded as even in summer it's pretty cold water.
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On our way "from" Asheville to Ocanlauftee/Bryson City, we are going to spend part of the day down at Sliding Rock. We're trying to decide what else to add while we are in that area of the day. I've heard about the hatchery, Looking Glass Rock (to see, not hike), Looking Glass Falls, Cradle of Forestry, and others. We'll have two kids with us. What do people recommend? What do you recommend for route? Technically, we will be coming in the morning from Asheville and ultimately need to end...More
April 14, 2017|
Response fromqueeni_traveler|
I suggest posting this on the Road Trip Forum.
Distance of travel. (3 Replies)
We are coming to the Pisgah Forest the 1st week in August. We will be doing the hatchery, sliding rock and Cradle of Forestry then heading on to Waynesville/Maggie Valley. I was wondering roughly how long (not including stopping along the way) will it take to get through Pisgah on Hwy 276 to Waynesville/Maggie Valley?
July 24, 2015|
Response fromBradMac|
Driving straight through on 276 with no stops, I'd plan on 1.5 hours. We love Sliding Rock!