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.”
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.
49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 4
Pisgah Forest 28768
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
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!
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.
Being a campground host is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends and provide assistance and information to visitors.