Biltmore Campus Trail


Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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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
Longitude: -82.7788
Latitude: 35.35085

Driving Directions

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.


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

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 3,280
Elevation High Point: 3,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The Cradle of Forestry

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



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