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Tuttle Educational State Forest
3420 Playmore Beach Rd.
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: (828) 757-5608
Tuttle is a 290-acre forestland managed by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources and the Tuttle Forest Foundation and includes a variety of pines and hardwoods, plus a rolling terrain accessible by a series of trails accented with exhibits and displays which explain the ecology of the forest. Forest rangers conduct classes and guide tours especially created for schoolchildren to learn more about soil, water, wildlife, timber and forest management. Exhibits, the "talking tree" trail, and forest management demonstration areas help visitors learn more about the forest. Public restrooms and a covered picnic shelter are available by reservation.
Pisgah National Forest
Grandfather Ranger District: (828) 652-2144
Wilson Creek Visitor Information Center: (828) 759-0005
Traveling on U.S. 321, it’s hard to tell that there is complete wilderness just miles away. More than 49,000 acres of the Pisgah National Forest is located in Caldwell County. The forest covers land west of U.S. 321 and north of N.C. 18. This section of Pisgah National Forest lies in the Grandfather Ranger District which stretches between Asheville and Blowing Rock and covers Wilson Creek, Brown Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Area, and Boone Fork Campground. Bordered by Grandfather Mountain on the west, Linville Gorge on the southwest and Brown Mountain on the east, Wilson Creek offers good hunting, fishing, hiking, and whitewater opportunities. The Brown Mountain Beach Off-Highway Vehicle Area provides trails for trail bikes, ATVs, and other four-wheel drive vehicles. The Boone Fork Campground offers group camping, fishing and hiking opportunities.