Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site

The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre heritage site within the Pisgah National Forest. Congress set the Cradle aside to commemorate the beginning of forest conservation in the United States. The Cradle of Forestry tells the story of the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in the US, and the beginnings of scientific forestry in America. The Forest Discovery Center celebrates conservation history with a new 28 minute film "First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School."  The center also has an interactive exhibit hall, the Giving Tree Gift Shop, and the Cradle Café. Two interpretive trails, a Forest Discovery Trail, seven historic buildings, a 1915 Climax logging locomotive, an old sawmill, and numerous crafters bring Western North Carolina's past to life. The USDA Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) have jointly managed the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site since 1972.

To purchase maps and guide books to this area, please visit us online at The Forest Store.

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Hours & Fees

Open daily mid-April to early November (closed for winter)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission:
$5.00 ages 16 and up*
Under 16 is always FREE*
America the Beautiful passes honored

$2 Tuesdays in 2017 -Adults get in for $2
*Special event fees may apply.

 Facilities

  • Paved interpretive hiking trails, suitable for strollers and wheelchairs
  • Guided tours
  • Exhibit hall
  • Theater - be sure to watch "First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School."
  • Giving Tree Gift shop
  • Enjoy lunch at the Cradle Café
  • Picnic area next door at Pink Beds

Location & Contact Info

828-877-3130

(NO MAILING ADDRESS)
11250 Pisgah Highway 
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

17 miles from Brevard

*For information during the winter months, please call Devin Gentry at 828-884-5713 x221

Upcoming Events

  • May the Forest Be With You - Sat., August 12
  • The Power of the Sun: The Total Solar Eclipse Celebration - Sat., August 19
  • Bring Back the Monarchs - Sun., Sept. 17
  • Afternoon Tea with Llamas - Sat., Sept. 23

For a more detailed list of Events and dates, click here

Woodsy Owl's Curiosity Club

Woodsy Owl's Curiosity Club is a nature program series for youth ages 4-7 which is hosted on Thursdays from June 8- August 3 from 10:30 - noon and 1:30 - 3:00. Please make sure to indicate which class your child will be attending.  Cost is $4 per child and accompanying adults are admitted to the Cradle Site at half price ($2.50).  Prior registration is required.  To sign up please call 828-877-3130. During the winter season (November-April), please call 828-884-5713 x221.

Junior Forester Program

The Junior Forester Program explores more advanced concepts of the outdoor world, including lessons on navigation and understanding ecosystems and natural processes. For youth ages 8-12, hosted at the Cradle site on Wednesdays from June 7-August 2 from 10:30 - 12:30. Cost is $4 per child and accompanying adults are admitted to the Cradle site at half price ($2.50). Prior registration is required. To sign up please call 828-877-3130. During the winter season (November-April), please call 828-884-5713 x221.