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Cradle of Forestry

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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
+1 828-877-3130
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Best choice in WNC

The Cradle of Forestry offers a wonderful day's worth activities with something for just about all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hope A
Excellent Museum and Very Nice Walking Trails

I've been by the Cradle of Forestry many times and the last visit there showed me that things had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1914 logging locomotive, or take a simulated 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 in America. We are CLOSED November-March.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cradle of Forestry offers a wonderful day's worth activities with something for just about all interests. Multiple activities are available to engage children (from Adventure backpacks to ringing the bell on the train. . ) as well as adults interested in the natural world,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been by the Cradle of Forestry many times and the last visit there showed me that things had improved with a wonderful museum. The trails are the same and paved for those that need it. There was an interpreter along the trail inside one...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by while staying in Asheville. As a teacher, I was really impressed by how kid-friendly it is and there were quite a few families there. (I wish my school was close enough to bring my students!) We enjoyed all parts- the easy to hike...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is worth the stop! We attended a small concert in the amphitheater by John Doyle, which was excellent, and we wanted to see more of the site, so we made a second trip later in the week. The history of the buildings and forest...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Would have never known about this without a local as a family member who lives here full time. Check out the website to learn more. Beautiful drive there along Blue Ridge Parkway. Road has just been repaved. Visitor center is a nice size with plenty...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved the historical sites and the rangers that led our tour were very knowledgeable. Appreciated the bathroom along the trail although soap in the stall would have been nice.

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

The volunteers were very helpful and friendly. It is worth visiting. We learned a lot about the forest and Vanderbilt. We would visit again.

Thank James S
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

Due to husband's immobility, we were unable to take to the trails, but we had a marvelous time in the museum, watching a very informative video and walking through exhibits in museum. I'd probably say this should be the first place people should visit before...More

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Reviewed June 16, 2018

Loved this! Enjoyed the museum as well as walking the trails. Recommend doing both of the trails leaving from visitor's center. Docent/Volunteers were very knowledgeable about the history of the place. Would have liked to have seen more tree and plant id's. Was not crowded.

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Courtney L, Manager at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks for leaving us a kind review and for your feedback regarding tree id. As we think about how to improve the site that kind of feedback helps us know what visitors want!

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Reviewed June 15, 2018

With so much to see in Brevard and only 2 days to share it all with guests from Germany, it was easy to select the Cradle of Forestry and the waterfalls tour as must-see's and we were not disappointed. Day 1 the cradle of Forestry...More

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Courtney L, Manager at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks for allowing us to offer a wonderful experience for you and your guests! The Cradle has a close relationship with Germany since the school's founder was German!

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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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