Forest Festival Day and John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen's Meet


Cradle of Forestry
Pisgah National Forest
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Saturday, October 7, 2023


$10 regular admission – Ages 13 and up
$6 children – Ages 4-12
$5 for federal pass holders, cradle season pass holders


Celebrate the forest heritage of western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day and John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodmen’s Meet, organized in conjunction with Haywood County College in Clyde, NC. On Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. This event brings the whole Cradle of Forestry campus to life, showcasing forestry and traditional craft.

Event Details

The festival is an activity-filled, family event that commemorates the traditions of mountain living and craft in a unique and beautiful setting.

Forestry students from across the region, traditional craftsmen and exhibitors will be on site during the celebration. Competing schools include: Haywood Community College (host), from Clyde, NC; Penn State Mont Alto, from Mont Alto PA; Montgomery Community College from Troy, NC; Wayne Community College from Goldsboro, NC; Mountain Gateway Community College from Clifton Forge, VA; and NC State University from Raleigh, NC.

Festival-goers can cheer as college forestry students compete during the Woodsmen’s Meet that has the flavor of an old-time lumberjack competition. The students test their skills in a number of events including archery, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and pole felling.

The following community partners will also be joining us with information about their work, give aways and other fun things: Stihl, Society of American Foresters, Hemlock Restoration Initiative, Local Author Gerald Ledford, Carolina Mountain Club and  FIND Outdoors

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor

Breakfast for participating forestry students from regional colleges and universities provided by:


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

What to Bring

Rain appropriate attire

Cancellation Policy

Ticket sold on-site the day of the event at the Cradle of Forestry

Ticket Information

$10 regular admission – Ages 13 and up
$6 children – Ages 4-12
$5 federal pass holders, cradle season pass holders

Tickets available on-site at the Cradle the day of the event
Cash encouraged however, cards will be accepted in the Cradle Gift Shop