Forest Festival Trail

At A Glance


2.35 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.35
Steepness: Climbs Gently
Tread Condition: Paved
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 319


A network of paths through the forest south of

The Forest Festival Trail is open to the public during the Cradle of Forestry’s season, and guided walks are also available during this period. Annual schedules vary, so be sure to check at the information desk. The trail, a 1.3 mile paved loop (plus other paths winding around), is easy and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. It recreates many aspects of Dr. Carl Schenck’s Biltmore Forest Fair of 1908. The fair was a three-day excursion through the Biltmore Estate and Pisgah Forest to demonstrate the accomplishments and possibilities of practical forestry at a time when the word "forestry" was a new term in America. As you follow this trail you will see much of what Dr. Schenck’s visiting businessmen and government officials saw, including various plantations, a seedling nursery, portable sawmill, historic farm site and an original "Climax" locomotive that transported logs through these mountains at the turn of the last century.

Intersecting Trails

  • Biltmore Campus
  • This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

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    Forest Festival - Building to Split

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.18 mi

    Forest Festival - Split to Split

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 97 ft

    Forest Festival - Loop Portion

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 1.32 mi

    Forest Festival - Pond to Locomotive Shed

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.41 mi

    Forest Festival - Shed to Locomotive

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 47 ft

    Forest Festival - Locomotive Shortcut

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 163 ft

    Forest Festival - Locomotive and Trestle

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.12 mi

    Forest Festival - Locomotive to Split

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.26 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 2.35 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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