Things to Do:
Looking for an outdoor experience in the NC mountains? The Cradle of Forestry in America is a fun and educational adventure waiting for you and your family!
*Over 3 miles of pet friendly, wheelchair accessible, and paved hiking trails
*Check out a free Adventure Pack for your child during your hike. Each pack includes scavenger hunts, identification guides, a compass, magnifying glass and more!
*Climb aboard a 1914 logging train.
*Discover what student life was like in America’s first forestry school
*Step inside historical cabins
Is it a foggy and rainy day on the Blue Ridge Parkway? We have a great indoor facility at the Forest Discovery Center for you to explore while waiting out those NC mountain storms.
*Ride the helicopter simulator over a forest fire.
*Explore the interactive exhibit hall with a scavenger hunt.
*Visit the Giving Tree gift shop.
*Have lunch or coffee in our Cafe at the Cradle.