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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cradle of Forestry and Sliding Rock Recreation Area to Resume Regular Daily Operations


Pisgah Forest, N.C., July 26, 2017- Regular daily operations resume today for the Cradle of Forestry in America and Sliding Rock Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest now that Highway 276 has reopened.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, hands-on exhibits, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to

Sliding Rock is a 60-foot mountain water slide that ends in an 8-foot deep pool of water. Nearly 11,000 gallons of water per minute power this natural wonder. Onlookers can watch the fun from two observation platforms. The site is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is open 7 days a week from 10 AM- 6 PM. Admission to Sliding Rock is $2 per person, children under 3 are free. This area is heavily used between the hours of 12 noon and 4 pm, so please come early. Picnicking and alcohol are not allowed in the Sliding Rock Recreation Area. After Labor Day weekend, it is staffed intermittently thru mid-October. The area may close due to heavy rainfall and increased water levels. Visitors can call 828-885-7625 (885-ROCK) for any weather closure updates.


The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City is underwriting Macon Media today.

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference will be taking place in Bryson City on Saturday, July 29th. The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas. Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains. Learn more about the conference and how you can attend at