Delayed opening for Cradle of Forestry 2020 season

Contact(s): Cradle of Forestry, 828-877-3130

Pisgah Forest, NC, March 30, 2020 – The Cradle of Forestry in America will delay the opening of the 2020 season until further notice to protect public health and align with guidance from State of North Carolina health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Cradle of Forestry is operated in partnership between the longstanding non-profit, FIND Outdoors, formally known as the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, and the USDA Forest Service.

“Together we are monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic and making the best decisions possible to ensure the health of our employees, volunteers and the public. We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far back to the Cradle as soon as conditions allow,” said Devin Gentry, Director of the Cradle of Forestry.

The Cradle of Forestry has a rich history of instilling an appreciation for scientific forestry while showcasing traditional Appalachian culture and telling the story of the origin of forestry.  

Each year, dedicated staff, community partners and volunteers re-create an early 1900s community busy at work and play. They are proud to be part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area showcasing crafts, music, and natural, agricultural and Cherokee heritage.

As this ever-changing situation evolves, please visit for updates on when the Cradle will open to the public, the 2020 event schedule, interpretive programs and exhibits.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, 6 miles north of Looking Glass Falls and 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.