The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America

Hours & Location

The Cradle of Forestry Historic Site is located on
Hwy. 276 near Brevard, NC

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude 35.21’02″
Longitude 82.46’43″

Physical Address(Not a mailing address):

11250 Pisgah Hwy

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

*Please note if a  driving direction search reccomends using N.C. 151, you may want to use an alternative route due to extremely steep inclines and sharp curves

 

 

 

Admission:
$5.00 for adults 16 years of age and older

FREE for everyone on Tuesdays! (except guided group programs by reservation)

*FREE for youth ages 15 and younger

*FREE for Federal Interagency and Golden Age Passport holders

*Except for the following special events which are $6.00 for adults 16 years of age and older and $3.00 for youth 15 and younger and Federal Interagency and Golden Age Passport holders: Firefly Twilight Tour, Winged Creatures of the Night,  Songcatchers Music Series, Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party, Forest Festival Day, and The Legend of Tommy Hodges.

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We are located on US Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County just 14 miles northeast of Brevard, NC. We are between 30-45 miles away from the towns of Asheville, Hendersonville and Waynesville and only four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Look for signs to the Cradle of Forestry near milepost #411).

Directions

From I-40

1.  Take exit 46A off I-40 (I-26 East, Hendersonville exit).
2.  From I-26E take exit #40 (Asheville Airport & Brevard).
3.  Turn right at end of exit ramp onto highway 280 West.
4.  Once on Hwy 280 drive approximately 17 miles.
5.  At the traffic light in Pisgah Forest (Pizza Hut & Wal-Mart), Hwy 280 will intersect with Hwy 276 & Hwy 64. At this intersection turn right onto Hwy 276 North.
6.  We are 11 miles up on the right. Watch for signs to the Forest Discovery Center/Cradle of Forestry. Along the way you will pass Davidson River Campground, the Pisgah National Forest Visitors Center, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Looking Glass Waterfall, and Sliding Rock. The Pink Beds Picnic Area is located just a quarter mile past the entrance to the Cradle of Forestry.
From I-26 West

1.  Take exit 49B onto Hwy 64 West.
2.  Drive approximately 18 miles until Hwy 64 intersects with Hwy 280 & Hwy 276. At this intersection, continue straight onto Hwy 276 (by Pizza Hut).
3.  We are 11 miles up on the right. Watch for signs to the Forest Discovery Center/Cradle of Forestry.
4.  Along the way you will pass Davidson River Campground, the Pisgah National Forest Visitors Center, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Looking Glass Waterfall, and Sliding Rock. The Pink Beds Picnic Area is located just a quarter mile past the entrance to the Cradle of Forestry.

From Downtown Brevard

1.  Head east away from the downtown area towards Brevard College, Ingles, Lowes and Walmart on Hwy 64.
2.  Drive approximately 3-4 miles to the intersection of Hwy 276 & Hwy 280. At this intersection turn left onto Hwy 276 North (by Pizza Hut).
3.  We are 11 miles up on the right.

Map of Area

For better directions or more info call (828) 877-3130.

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