The North Carolina Mountains Sights

Cradle of Forestry in America

  • 11250 Pisgah Hwy. Map It
  • Pisgah Forest
  • Educational Institution
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

The home of the first forestry school in the United States is on 6,500 acres in the Pisgah National Forest. The school, started in 1898 by Carl Schenck, who came here to work for the Biltmore Estate, trained some 300 foresters. Here you can visit the school's original log buildings, a restored 1915 steam locomotive, a 1-mile interpretive trail, and a visitor center with many hands-on exhibits of interest to kids and adults. The road from Brevard to the Cradle of Forestry, a scenic byway, continues on to connect with the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt. Pisgah.

Sight Information


11250 Pisgah Hwy., off US Hwy. 276 near Brevard, 11 miles from intersection of U.S. 280 and U.S. 276, Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, 28768, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $5, free Tues.
  • Mid-Apr.–early Nov., daily 9–5

Published 07/23/2015


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