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Biltmore Campus Trail

Location Along Highway 276 south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Cradle of Forestry National Forest Historic Site.
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Transylvania
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.00 Miles / 1.61 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? Yes





0.9 mi - Easy - This is a historic tour of the Biltmore Forest School, the first school of forestry in America. There are eight buildings along this paved trail, which helps depict the life of a forestry student in the early 1900’s. You will walk past the schoolhouse (also used as a church), the commissary (also used as a community center), an 1882 ranger’s cabin, and a lodge that imitates the architecture used in the Black Forest of Germany. These historic buildings are open to the public during the Cradle of Forestry’s season, and some have taped recordings to supplement the exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center. Artisans, including a weaver, woodcarver, and toy maker, may be found practicing their trades in the summertime; annual schedules vary, so be sure to check at the information desk.
Approximate Elevation Change: 30 feet
Blaze: None


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276, then proceed 9.5 miles north to the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site. To access this trail you must enter the Cradle of Forestry site, which is generally open from early April to early November and charges a nominal fee. The Biltmore Campus Trail begins behind the site’s Forest Discovery Center.


Additional Information

Width: 72 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 3280

Elevation High Point: 3300

Year Designated: 1976

Date Last Updated: 09/14/2013


Contact Information

Jeff Owenby
Pisgah National Forest
1001 Pisgah Hwy.
Pisgah Forest , NC 28768
(828) 877-3265


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