Cradle of Forestry Admission

  • $6.00 regular admission
  • $3.00 youth admission (ages 5 to 12)
  • Free for children age 4 and under
  • Half price for America the Beautiful annual and lifetime passholders and up to three guests.
  • *FREE for Friends of the Cradle of Forestry and 4th Grade Every Kid in a Park passes

*Exceptions to general admission are for some special events such as: In Search of Blue Ghosts Firefly Tours, Songcatchers Music Series, and The Legend of Tommy Hodges.

Cradle of Forestry Hours

Open Wednesdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays), 10am to 5pm. 

For more information call (828) 877-3130 or email

If you have any questions regarding reservations for next year, please leave a voicemail (828) 877-3130 and we will get back to you shortly, or email regarding school reservations (

Cradle of Forestry Location

The Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site is located near Brevard, NC and Asheville, NC within Pisgah National Forest on Hwy. 276 North, 4 Miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 412, and 3.5 miles from Sliding Rock.

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude 35.21’02”
Longitude -82.46’43”

Physical Address (Not a mailing address):
11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


The Cradle of Forestry will be undertaking a major roof renovation for the remainder of the 2021 season. Although we will be open, this may impact your experience at the Cradle. Renovations will NOT be held on weekends. Thank you for your patience as we work to beautify this amazing historic gem!