Cradle of Forestry
Nestled below the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Pisgah National Forest is the birthplace of forestry in America - the Cradle of Forestry.
The Cradle abounds with ways to have fun while learning about the forest, traditional Blue Ridge culture, and forest management.
Paved trails - perfect for strollers and wheelchairs - put the forest at your fingertips.
Learn about more about events, activities, and history.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Wednesday through Monday, 10 am-5 pm
Open seasonally, spring to fall, visit Cradle of Forestry website for this year's dates.
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site, Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking|
|Operated By:||FIND Outdoors|
|Information Center:||Phone: (828) 877-3130
Mailing Address: 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 4, Pisgah Forest 28768
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Mountain BikingRecreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
- Barnett Branch Trail #618
- Biltmore Campus Trail #006
- Buck Spring Trail #104
- Forest Discovery Center
- Forest Festival Trail #319
- Pink Beds Connector Trail #118A
- Pink Beds Loop Trail #118
- Thompson Creek Trail #602
Visitor ProgramsRecreation areas with activity Visitor Programs:
Interpretive AreasRecreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:
Visitor CentersRecreation areas with activity Visitor Centers:
The Cradle of Forestry offers hands-on learning experiences in a forest environment.
Explore the Forest Discovery Center, join guided activities or go outside and walk the Biltmore Campus, Forest Festival or Discovery trails.
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
|Fee charged for some activities:|