The Cradle of Forestry

This 6,500-acre site in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC was established to “preserve, develop, and make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America.”

11250 Pisgah Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Site Info.

April – November
Wednesday-Monday 10 am – 4 pm

$6.00* ages 13 and up
$3.00 Federal Pass
FREE 12 and under
America the Beautiful passes honored

*Special event fees may apply.


Mailing Address:

49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 4
Pisgah Forest 28768

Physical Location:

11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

NOTE: Mailing address differs from physical address.

The Cradle of Forestry is jointly managed by the US Forest Service and the FIND Outdoors (formerly known as the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association). As you enter the main gate (4 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412) you are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. A sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center with gift shop and café welcomes visitors to the historical structures and a relaxing walk through the woods.


Due to the pandemic, our current schedule is Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

FIND Adventure - On Site

  • Gift shop
  • Exhibit hall
  • Three paved hiking trails
  • Picnic areas

FIND Adventure - Off Site

  • Interpretive hiking trails, accessible for strollers and wheelchairs
  • Guided tours
  • Theater – be sure to watch “First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School.”
  • Gift Shop
  • The Café at the Cradle – CURRENTLY CLOSED



Citizen Science Saturdays

Mother and Daughter in the Forest

Download educational guide about Project Squirrel and squirrel themed info and activity.

Download educational guide about World Migratory Bird Day (May 9th, but you can use any day of the year).

Download an educational guide about practicing your Observation Skills to become a better Citizen Scientist! There are fun activities and recommended projects!

Stay tuned for more citizen science information and educational content!

Field Trips

We recognize that field trips enrich the learning experience.  Therefore, the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site strives to be a top field trip destination for students and teachers in western North Carolina.  Because we are located in an area rich in history and natural diversity, we can offer School Field Trips featuring science, social studies and history. View a complete list of programs and their NC curriculum correlation.

Kids on a field trip outdoors

Love the RV life?

you could be a campground host!

Being a campground host is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends and provide assistance and information to visitors.  

Lets Go Find Outdoors