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Address: 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Phone Number: 18288773130
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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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Learn about forestry

An amazing education about the start of preserving America's forests. Trails, buildings, hiking will give you a history of logging in NC. Fun for kids! This was Americas' first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
B W
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Midlothian, Virginia
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Midlothian, Virginia
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232 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An amazing education about the start of preserving America's forests. Trails, buildings, hiking will give you a history of logging in NC. Fun for kids! This was Americas' first school of forestry and you will see the region in action .

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Westerville, OH
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We heard from several people that we "needed" to visit the Cradle of Forestry. I am so glad that we did! This place has something for the entire family! It is $5 a person and kids 15 and under are free. WORTH every cent. There is much to do and you will want to plan at least a couple hours... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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95 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Website says 1 1/2 hours to do; no way! Spent 5 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were warmly greeted by very friendly staff and they took time answering our questions. Hike both marked trails and they do have a simple lunch but without the hefty price that comes with touristy areas. Spend time inside and see a lot... More 

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and we are happy you were able to spend so much time with us! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During my week long stay in the Asheville area, I happened upon this place after seeing the name on the Blue Ridge Parkway overlook. The Cradle of Forestry is right off Highway 276 and getting there was an easy and gorgeous drive through the Pisgah NF. When I got closer to the CoF I noticed all the old buildings in... More 

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and enthusiasm for this special place. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in WNC. We appreciate all the great photos as well! More 

Cincinnati
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cradle of Forestry. We learned a lot about the area, which helped us appreciate even more our visit to the Biltmore the next day. The rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable. We've visited numerous National/State Park visitors centers, and this was one of the best ones we've ever seen. Well worth the stop!

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, we will be sure to pass the kind words to our hosts! More 

Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Cradle of Forestry is a wonderful educational experience. It is beautiful to walk through and see all of the old cabins. We plan to take our grandchildren there when they come on vacation.

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for leaving us a review! Please do come by again! More 

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73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Run by the forrest service this place has a wealth of activities fir both young and old. It will cost 5 dollars for adults if you do not have a pass but the kids are free. We brought our oldest here when he was about 2 and now returning with our second. Any age kid can find things they will... More 

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and taking time to leave us a kind review! Sounds like you may have visited on Bug Day when we had the honeybee demonstration. We hope you will come back for another visit! More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cradle of Forestry is accessible by car with a marked overlook. The view is absolutely gorgeous. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the outstanding view.

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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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103 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by here today after visiting some nearby waterfalls. There is a movie and some hiking trails. There is a $5 fee to do any of the activities other than eating in the small snack bar and using the restroom facilities. We chose to grab a quick lunch and skip the rest as it seemed ho hum.

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to the Cradle and we are sorry our facility didn't spark your interest. We hope that if you are ever in the area again you would consider giving us a second try, perhaps on one of our special event days! More 

Evansville, Indiana
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136 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a couple days in the Pisgah National Forest and we just happen to drive by this place and decided to stop without knowing anything about it. So glad that we did! It's the beginning of Forestry in America! The film and the museum is very interesting and informational! We didn't have time to explore to grounds but by... More 

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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for dropping in and we are so glad you enjoyed what you did have time to see! Please come visit again someday :) More 

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