Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah Forest

#4 of 10 in Parks in Pisgah Forest
Historic Site · Nature / Park
Cradle of Forestry in America

National Forest Historic Site

Spanning over 100 years of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America’s first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall.

Come explore the sights and sounds, check out the events and activities, and plan your adventure at the birthplace of Forest Conservation in America – the Cradle of Forestry
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  • With a visit to the Cradle of Forestry in America, you learn how forest preservation began and continues. This is done with a series of exhibits and supported with a very interesting short film...  more »
  • If you’re staying near by this his a great place to stop especially if it’s raining. Rangers are very helpful, they’re a a nice hiking path suitable for all ages. It has a gift shop and restrooms. It....  more »

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