Cradle of Forestry

Area Status: Open
Paved trail at the 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: ‚ÄčOpen daily, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. until mid November Free entry day every 4th Tuesday of the month Open seasonally, spring to fall, visit Cradle of Forestry website for dates. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
  • $8.00 regular admission
  • $4.00 youth admission (ages 5 to 12)
  • Free for children age 4 and under
  • 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.
Operated By: FIND Outdoors
Information Center: Phone: (828) 877-3130
Mailing Address: 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 4, Pisgah Forest 28768

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Visitor Programs

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Interpretive Areas

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Visitor Centers

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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.


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking: