Public Attractions

  The forests of North Carolina blanket the state with hundreds of areas to sleep among the trees. There are also many boy's and girl's camps, retreats, and specialty camps in the area.
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Cradle of Forestry -- Nestled below the Blue Ridge Parkway on Hwy. 276 is a unique historic site the whole family can enjoy- the Cradle of Forestry and the Forest Discovery Center. The Cradle of Forestry is the birthplace of forestry in America. It was home of the first forestry school in the United States in 1898 called the Biltmore Forest School. Today this historic site offers guided tours through the old campus of the Biltmore Forest School, with cultural interpreters at the historic buildings. You may meet a weaver, a quilter, a toy maker or even a basket maker. Inside the Forest Discovery Center you can see an 18-minute movie, then explore 15 hands-on exhibits. Kids, be sure to try the scavenger hunt, then ride the fire fighting helicopter simulator.
Grandad's Apples 'N' Such: Grandads Apples N' Such is a family owned and operated business since 1994, with four generations of apple growing experience. You can pick your own or we will have it picked for you. Inside our barn you can find delicious apple pies, carmel apples, fresh cider (made here), local honey, local canned goods, such as apple butter, chow chow, etc., local crafts and fall merchandise.
Justus Orchards With 25 acres of apples and a wide range of apple varieties from which to choose, your visit to Justus Orchard will reward you with one of Nature's most versatile fruits. You can pick your own apples, or we can pick them for you, but whichever way you like it you're sure to find the variety of apple you love.
Mountain Fresh Orchards: We invite you to visit our fruit stand and take home some fresh-picked apples, apple cider, jams, jellies and so much more. Located on 12 acres in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Mountain Fresh Orchards is family-owned and has existed since 1981.

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