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!

*Play the Agents of Discovery app.

*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.

*Watch the First in Forestry film

*Visit the Giving Tree gift shop.

*Have lunch or coffee in our Cafe at the Cradle.