Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage.
Forest Festival Day:
In 1908 Dr. Carl A. Schenck hosted the Forest Fair at the Biltmore Estate. This event honored the 10th year of the Biltmore Forest School, America’s first school of forestry. Over 400 people were invited to this celebration of the beginnings of American forestry. Today we commemorate Schenck’s Forest Fair along the 1-mile Forest Festival Trail and annual Forest Festival Day. Wood carvers, weavers, and other demonstrators are invited to present their skills and craftsmanship. Roaming musicians fill the air. Midday a wagon ride carries you to and from a falconry program.
23rd John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet:
Each year Haywood Community College organizes this annual lumberjack competition. Coinciding with Forest Festival Day, events occur in the Pink Beds Picnic Area. Several colleges compete in topics such as dendrology, crosscut sawing, archery, axe throwing, pole climbing and more.
- Admission: $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful Pass holders and Golden Age pass holders
- Free for children under four years old.
General Event Information: Call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates. Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.