Biltmore Campus Trail #006

0.9 mi - Easy - This is a historic tour of the Biltmore Forest School, the first school of forestry in America. There are eight buildings along this paved trail, which helps depict the life of a forestry student in the early 1900’s. You will walk past the schoolhouse (also used as a church), the commissary (also used as a community center), an 1882 ranger’s cabin, and a lodge that imitates the architecture used in the Black Forest of Germany. These historic buildings are open to the public during the Cradle of Forestry’s season, and some have taped recordings to supplement the exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center. Artisans, including a weaver, woodcarver, and toy maker, may be found practicing their trades in the summertime; a986nnual schedules vary, so be sure to check at the information desk.

Approximate Elevation Change: 30 feet
Blaze: None 

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: no
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276, then proceed 9.5 miles north to the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site. To access this trail you must enter the Cradle of Forestry site, which is generally open from early April to early November and charges a nominal fee. The Biltmore Campus Trail begins behind the site’s Forest Discovery Center.


Day Hiking