The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500 acre heritage site within the Pisgah National Forest. Congress set the Cradle aside to commemorate the beginning of forest conservation in the United States. The Cradle of Forestry tells the story of the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in the US, and the beginnings of scientific forestry in America. The Forest Discovery Center celebrates conservation history with a new 28 minute film “First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School.” The center also has an interactive exhibit hall, the Giving Tree Gift Shop, and the Cradle Cafe. Two interpretive trails, a Forest Discovery Trail, seven historic buildings, a 1915 Climax logging locomotive, an old sawmill, and numerous crafters all bring Western North Carolina’s past to life. The USDA Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) have jointly managed the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site since 1972.
Learn more about the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site and their Events on the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association’s website.