The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America


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.


Purchase the Cradle of Forestry in America book by visiting The Forest Place gift shop online.


 Would you like to become a Friend of the Cradle of Forestry?   You’ll get free passes to the historic site, discounts at CFAIA stores, a copy of the new Cradle movie entitled “There’s Magic at the Cradle” and much more.  Volunteer your time or just send a gift – either way you’re making a difference!  Please click HERE to learn more.



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