We are open Wednesdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays), 10am to 5pm.
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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free Admission Day
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the Cradle of Forestry in America in Pisgah National Forest on Saturday September 25th. Our site will be open 10am to 5pm that day and be FREE for ALL visitors. The Cradle will be celebrating Woodsy Owl’s 50th birthday, host a service project, and offer on-site guided tours of our interpretive trails. Come celebrate and explore your public lands! Check our website for times and information.
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Call (828) 877-3130 for details!
All events are located at the Cradle of Forestry in America.
Become a cradle passholder
Be the roots of our tree…
By purchasing a Cradle Annual 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.
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.
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. The Giving Tree Gift Shop is operated by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. Your purchase helps support the educational programming and operation of the Cradle of Forestry in America. Please consider purchasing an Annual Friends of the Cradle Pass which entitles you to a 15% discount on every purchase. A limited selection of these items can be found on our online store.
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 WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY
April 21 through November 2021.