Located in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains, this forest showcases magnificent mountain hardwoods in one of North Carolina's most scenic settings. The features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails, accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed forest.

Listen to the wind in the trees; or they can listen to the trees tell a story. The Talking Tree Trail, features "talking trees," each with a recorded message about itself, its site, and the forest history. Other trails include the Forest Demonstration Trail which explains forestry practices, and the Amadahy (from a Cherokee word for "forest water") Falls Trail runs four miles along beautiful Purlear Creek.

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