National Forests

Cradle of Forestry in America

11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-877-3130
 
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The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500-acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest, set aside by Congress to commemorate the beginning of forestry conservation in the United States. Outdoor activities include two guided trails, which lead back in time to seven historical buildings, including a 1915 Climax locomotive and an old sawmill.

  • The Forest Discovery Center features a fire fighting helicopter simulator, hands-on exhibits, a 26-minute movie ” First in Forest: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School,” children’s games and more.
  • Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Open April – October
  • Check the web site for hours or fees

 

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area & Campground

 
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Lake Powhatan offers a sandy beach, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnic area, campground, trails, and educational programs. Lake Powhatan is located just minutes from Asheville.

  • Open year-round
  • Bicycle Trails
  • Reservations or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Camping
  • Glamping
  • 96 Sites
  • Maximum Size RV Any

 

North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground

5289 N Mills River Road
Horse Shoe, NC 28742
877-444-6777
 
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North Mills River Recreational Area is located in Henderson County, just 13 miles from Downtown Hendersonville.

  • Bicycle Trails
  • Reservation or Fees
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Camping (reservations required)
  • Tubing (bring your own tube)
  • Horseback riding trails
  • 26 Sites
  • Maximum size of RV 38′

Open Year Round
In Season Facilities Open April 1 – October 31

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery

1401 Fish Hatchery Rd
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-877-4423
 
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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located in Pisgah National Forest. The Center’s indoor and outdoor attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Free admission.

Open year-round:
December – March: Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:45 pm
April – November: Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 4:45 pm

Sliding Rock – Pisgah National Forest

7851 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-885-7625
 
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  • Parking fees during the summer season (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and on weekends until the end of October
  • Restrooms are available during the season.
  • 60-foot smooth rock face natural water slide that leads down into a 7-foot deep pool
  • Lifeguard on duty May – September, as well as Saturdays & Sundays until the end of October from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Personal Flotation Devices available