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Cradle Of Forestry Opens In Time For Earth Day

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Photo Courtesy of FIND Outdoors
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This is the Cantrell Creek Lodge last week at the Cradle of Forestry.

Just in time for Earth Day, The Cradle of Forestry in Transylvania County is re-opening this week after being closed. During the pandemic it was open on a limited schedule. 

The 6500-acre site in the Pisgah National Forest is a museum and trail system that was the location of the first national science-based forest management program established in the 19th century.  

“I look forward to locals and visitors alike discovering and reacquainting themselves with the Birthplace of Modern Forestry in America,” said Cradle Manager Christy Ralston in a press release. “Pisgah National Forest has such an amazing history – one that brings together both science and recreation for amazing multi-use opportunities for everyone.”

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Credit Courtesy of FIND Outdoors
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The dogwood's are now in bloom at the Cradle of Forestry! The dogwood flower is the official state flower of North Carolina.

The property is made up of three-miles of paved, interpretive trails, a visitors center and more. As trends continue to improve through the pandemic, staff will open more of the site to the public. Right now, the exhibit hall and the new Citizen Science Lab for children are still closed.

“The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is at the forefront of every move we make going forward,” said Natalie Britt, CEO of FIND Outdoors, in a press release. “We can’t wait to get the Cradle rolling since before the pandemic, but you can rest assured that your safety is our priority.”

The U.S. Forest Service and non-profit FIND Outdoors manage the site. It’s open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday.  

Clarification: FIND Outdoors clarified that the Cradle of Forestry was opened with limited seasonal hours during the pandemic. The image was also misidentifed when shared by FIND Outdoors as Black Forest Lodge, it is actually Cantrell Creek Lodge.  

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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