The Cradle of Forestry

a legacy of forest conservation history

Explore Our Exhibit Hall

have fun and learn about the forest

Step Back in Time

along the Biltmore Campus Trail

Field Trips & Nature Programs

let the forest be the classroom


Upcoming Events

Sun 06

2016 Closing Day

Sun, Nov 6, 2016
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm
$5.00 ages 16+, FREE for those under 15 and for America the Beautiful, Golden Age Passport, or Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass holders.
This will be the last day the Cradle of Forestry in America is open for the 2016 season. Don’t miss out on your chance to visit one last time! Read More »
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Sat 08

Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

Sat, Apr 8, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm
$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth and pass holders.
Step back to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses. Read More »
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Call (828) 877-3130 for details!
All events are located at the Cradle of Forestry in America.


Forest Discovery Center

Explore interactive exhibits. watch a film in our theater, visit our gift shop, or dine at our cafe’.
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The Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone is a collective of hands-on activities (indoor and outdoors) that were designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world.
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Take a picturesque stroll on one of our three paved walking trails where history and nature meet. 
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Get Involved at the Cradle of Forestry

Do you enjoy people and a lovely mountain setting?

Interested in spending some time with us in the heart of Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina? Whether you are looking to spend a few months with us as a resident host, a college student seeking a summer internship, a nature-lover who would like to help out with field trips, or a traditional crafter or musician looking to share your talent with the public, there are plenty of ways to get involved at the the Cradle of Forestry. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Join Friends of the Cradle

Be the roots of our tree...

tree with roots

By purchasing an Annual Friends of the Cradle Pass you will become a partner in preserving one of America’s greatest legacies for those who will come after us. Like many of our nation’s special areas, the Cradle offers a unique opportunity to participate in the preservation of historical treasures, engage in an ongoing dialogue about the value of forest habitats, and celebrate the unique beauty of the Southern Appalachians.

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Conservation Education

School Field Trips with 2 options & Biltmore Forest School’s Group Programs


Focusing on science, social studies, forestry and living history, the Cradle of Forestry correlates programs to N.C. state curriculum standards and U.S. Forest Service guidelines. Each program provides an exciting hands-on activity that is educational and in an outdoor setting. Trained educators will help you “Sow Seeds of Stewardship” while accomplishing your teaching goals.

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Key Partners and Sponsors

proud to be part of the blue ridge heritage area
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forest history society logo
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usfs forest service shield logo
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Enhance your Cradle Experience.
Visit our Giving Tree Gift Shop.

Take a piece of Pisgah National Forest and the Cradle of Forestry home with you! Our gift shop carries a great selection of trail maps, field guides, site-specific souvenirs, hand-made Appalachian crafts, and nature oriented gifts. A limited selection of these items can be found on our online store.

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Hours & Location

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Physical Address (Not a mailing address):
11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
*Please note if a  driving direction search recommends using N.C. 151, you may want to use an alternative route due to extremely steep inclines and sharp curves.

Open everyday, April 9- November 6,
from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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