Cradle of Forestry Admission

  • $6.00 regular admission
  • Free for youth ages 4-12
  • 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

We will be opening for the 2021 season, starting Wednesday April 21!
Open every Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday & Tuesdays), 10am to 4pm. During this phase of reopening, our gift shop, restrooms, and 3 miles of paved interpretive trails are open to visitors.

If you need to get in touch with us during the closure, please call Clay Wooldridge, Director of the Cradle of Forestry, at (828) 884-5713 ext. 221 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