Exiting the Parkway at Hwy. 276, we drove into the Cradle of Forestry. Located within Pisgah National Forest, the Cradle commemorates the beginning of forestry conservation in the U. S. Beginning in 1889, George Vanderbilt purchased extensive lands near
|Biltmore Forest School|
rock formation provides a 60-foot slide through the water into a 50-60 degree, 7-foot pool at the end. We had not packed bathing suits for our cool morning drive through the mountains, but would not have been tempted in any event. Observation decks at two points allow non-sliding visitors to watch those that dare to enter the chilly water. This is a popular attraction during the hot summer months, but even as we approach autumn, there was a line of children and adults waiting to take the plunge.
|Looking Glass Falls|
A little further down the road, we stopped for Looking Glass Falls. Located next to the road, the upper level of this stop provides a view of the falls for all visitors, since the top landing is wheel-chair accessible. The 60-foot falls are a popular stop because of their convenient location. For a close-up view, there are steps leading down to the water. A fisherman departing with a string of trout reported good fishing in the stream below the falls, but we hadn't come prepared with rods or licenses.
|American Goldfinch at the Lake|
|Forest Discovery Center|
|Historic Ranger's House at the Cradle|
|Looking Glass Creek|
|At Sliding Rock|