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Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah Forest

(4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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  • This place is absolutely awesome. The main building is full of great exhibits showcasing forestry in America. There several paved hiking trails with easy grades. Along the trails are old historical si...  more »
  • Made a trip to the Cradle of Forestry after looking for things to do in the area. Really enjoyed learning about the history of forestry and especially in the Pisgah Forrest. It is well worth you time ...  more »
  • The visitor's center is great! Lots of good information and interesting exhibits. The historical trail with houses and train was worth visiting. The Forest Foilage Path however, was described as havin...  more »
  • A very neat experience, with a wealth of information available on the beginnings of forestry in the USA. 2 minor complaints: the video was very difficult to watch as the screen basically flickered throughout the entire 30 minute film, and the cafe was closed making it difficult to spend more than a couple hours (We didn't pack any food). That being said, you can easily spend a half to a full day, hiking the trails and seeing the historical sites. Recommended for older kids - the younger kids will get bored within an hour or so.
  • Wonderful educational spot and appropriate for children. A few miles of walking through the first is accompanied by historical artifacts such as a locomotive and pretty scenery. The indoor museum is interactive as well.
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff, happy to educate you on the area and how the Cradle of Forestry was created. Beautiful grounds and many hiking trails to explore. Great place for all ages to learn about the parks department. Large gift shop with a variety of items including hand-crafted artists works.
  • Great little stop. Very educational. Good picnic area.
  • Wonderful educational experience as well as a great place to walk and take in the sights. Notable: a restored Climax steam engine, Lots of hands-on activities for kids. $5 admission for adults; free on Tuesdays.