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Address: 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9988
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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The past ..Being preserved

I stumbled upon this attraction by chance after taking a turn off a foggy Blue Ridge Parkway drive. First this was a relaxing and a learning experience. The museum is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
MDT2001
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Shelby, North Carolina
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Shelby, North Carolina
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88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stumbled upon this attraction by chance after taking a turn off a foggy Blue Ridge Parkway drive. First this was a relaxing and a learning experience. The museum is informative, interactive, and a great place to learn about the forest and forestry. Even kids should enjoy this, especially crawling through the small tunnel in the museum. After the museum,... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This outpost of the National Forest Service has a great video about the making of the Pisgah National Forest. Several easy walking trails. Small admission charge. Gift shop has the usual selection of stuff made overseas, but a good selection of books related to the area.

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Thank John K
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit and since we already have great respect for Carl Schenk's collaboration with George Vanderbilt we were very appreciative of what he accomplished and the education ongoing in this special place. We will go again and drink in all the beauty of this unspoiled forest. Great experience for the children and grandchildren.....wanted to be one.

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Thank James W
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice place to visit. It had some exhibits inside and a theater with an informative movie (that we did not go in to see). Outside there are trails to walk. One has some of the old buildings that were used when the school stated. You can walk through most of them. One of the other trails had... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit and there are things of interest for all ages. It is a very educational experience and it is presented in a very fun way for kids. The kids can't help but be tricked into learning while having a great time. There are indoor exhibits as well as outdoor exhibits distributed over several miles... More 

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

Thanks for your kind review and we hope you come visit again! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in to get out of the rain one afternoon of our trip. Everyone was so very friendly and knowledgeable! The movie and exhibitions were well thought out and fun for us and our 11 and 13 year old boys. We enjoyed it so much we came back the next day to walk the outdoor exhibits. I would highly... More 

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

Thanks for visiting us, twice! Thank you for taking time to learn about America's national forests. More 

Canton, North Carolina
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on train day. Learned about how Forestry in America began. Learned about logging and the trains that moved the logs. Saw one of the Engines the was used. Learned about the different plants and trees. Including one tree that went to the Moon and back. Rangers are very friendly and helpful. Found out how Mr. Vandergrif of the Biltmore... More 

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

We love Train History Day and our Climax locomotive. Thank you for your visit and time to leave us a review! More 

Athens, Georgia
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100 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a wonderful place to learn about the history of forestry and forest conservation and if you need to know about "modern" forestry in America, this is the place where you need to visit. The staff was very friendly and super helpful! Baltimore Trail is packed full of interesting area history and equally as interesting to young children!

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

Thank you for visiting us and we hope you have the chance to come again! More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Courtney L, Educator at Cradle of Forestry, responded to this review

Thanks for spending time with us and taking the time to leave us a nice, positive review! More 

Westerville, OH
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74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thanks so much for your visit and for leaving this wonderful review! We are happy your family enjoyed your time here. More 

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