The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America


The Cradle Historic Site, located on 276 North, is owned and staffed by USDA Forest Service employees, Forest Service Volunteers, and CFAIA employees.

To reach the Cradle site with program requests, calendar of events, directions or other inquiries, please contact our main line at 828-877-3130.

Jeff Owenby – Director, Cradle of Forestry, USDA Forest Service

To schedule a program or group visit:
Cindy Carpenter, Education/Interpretation Program Manager
US Forest Service
Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site/Forest Discovery Center
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC  28768

Telephone:  828-877-3130 at Cradle of Forestry
828-877-3265  x226 at Pisgah Ranger District office
Fax:  828-884-5823


Barb Merrell Volunteer Coordinator


Devin Gentry – Director of Programming and Partnerships

Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

49 Pisgah Hwy, Suite 4

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Phone: 828-877-3130 at Cradle of Forestry

828-884-5713 x221 at CFAIA office



Please note: The Cradle of Forestry is open from April through November only.

For questions regarding the Cradle during the off-season, or any other questions or concerns regarding Pisgah National Forest, please call the Pisgah Ranger Station at 828-877-3265.

Copyright © 2012 Cradle of Forestry. All Rights Reserved.

Managed by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association