PISGAH FOREST — Visitors to the Cradle of Forestry can learn about the Appalachian cultural exhibits at this national forest interpretive site through guided tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Biltmore Campus Trail — a paved, one-mile loop path — offers visitors a stroll back in time to the era of the Biltmore Forest School, America’s first school of forestry. Here, guests will visit the one room school house used by the school’s founder Dr. Carl Schenck, as well as a recreated general store, student cabins, blacksmith shop and ranger’s dwelling built circa 1880s, and much more. The tours will offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of the students of this important historic site, as well as the residents of Western North Carolina, through stories, anecdotes and discussions on the origins of Pisgah.
“We are so excited to be able to offer outdoor trail tours again for the fall,” said Christy Ralston, Cradle of Forestry Manager. “We feel confident we can offer these small group tours safely and bring the past to life for our Cradle of Forestry visitors in a way that is equitable for everyone.”
The site is managed by FIND Outdoors, a local nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest.
During your visit, don’t miss the Cradle of Forestry’s exhibit hall that focuses on regional ecology, forest management and the history of the Biltmore Forest School, plus over three miles of paved and interpretive trails, and a gift shop that is fully stocked with souvenirs, clothing and local crafts.
“We want our visitors to completely immerse themselves in the Cradle of Forestry and its story,” Ralston said. “These free hikes are the gateway to learning not only about the history of this amazing area, but the culture of the Appalachians and the future of our forests.”
Thinking about going? The guided hikes are no additional cost, and admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $6 for adults, $3 ages 5-12 and free for ages five and under. Located on U.S. 276 four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 45 minutes from Waynesville.
828-877-3130 or www.cradleofforestry.com.