Cradle of Forestry

  • 11250 Pisgah Highway
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Phone: (828) 877-3130
  • Region: Other

This 6,500-acre site in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC was established to “preserve, develop, and make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America.”

The Cradle of Forestry in America is nestled in the Pisgah National Forest along the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.  Our trails offer visitors a chance to explore seven historical buildings from the time of the Biltmore Forest School (1898-1914), climb aboard and ring the bell of a 1914 Climax logging train engine, and interact with historical interpreters through programs and special events. Inside our Discovery Center, you’ll find our gift shop bursting with nature-themed books, clothing, toys, and crafts, a spacious theater playing a short film about the history of our site, and an interactive exhibit hall. You can also view the mature American Sycamore Apollo Moon Tree on our campus. 

Attraction Amenities
  • Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Public Restroom
Discounts & Packages
  • Discount - Group Rates
Food and Beverage
  • Snack Bar/Shop
  • Beverages Available
Group Tour/Motorcoach
  • Motorcoach Parking
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