Last Summer we went on a road trip to Transylvania County, North Carolina and visited the Cradle of Forestry. Our family lived in western North Carolina at that time and it was fun to go on a hike with our grandchildren on the Biltmore Campus Trail in the Forest.
The Cradle of Forestry began in the 1800’s and was the dream of George Vanderbilt who purchased 2,000 acres of land south of Asheville NC in 1888. He dreamed of changing the land into beautiful gardens and lush forests. In 1895 he bought 80,000 acres that stretched 20 miles south from his famous Biltmore House and he called this land Pisgah Forest. Vanderbilt had the vision that the forests could be cut and preserved at the same time. The first forestry school was founded on this site by Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck in 1898.
On a hot August day, it was so refreshing to walk through a forest lush and green. I can honestly say that George Vanderbilt’s dream has come true, as the Pisgah Forest was purchased in 1914 by the Forest service and is now Pisgah National Forest.
Here are some pictures of our visit last summer and I hope you will enjoy the beauty of a place that has been preserved over time and shows what a visionary George Vanderbilt was for his time:
Transylvania, North Carolina is beautiful and has many hiking trails and beautiful natural mountain scenes. Hope you are able to visit the lush forest of North Carolina soon. Thanks for stopping by.