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Bobby N. Setzer Fish HatcheryLocated in the Pisgah National Forest at the site of the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education features a reception and orientation area the includes aquarium exhibits, the NC Wild Store gift shop, and wildlife exhibits. Run by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, this facility is a wonderful place to be-come acquainted with the diverse wildlife and habitats of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains.
   Besides the fascinating dish hatchery, with thousands of trout both large and small, informative exhibits strung along an interpretive trail are another of the Center’s popular aspects. The outdoor exhibits on the trail include stations that focus on wildlife conservation, the geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, unique NC habitats, preservation of streams and wetlands, responsibility and safety in the woods, the science of wildlife management, NC Wild Education Sites, the ecology of wetlands, and ways to get involved in wildlife conservation.

Website: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest
Distance: 1 hour from
Address: 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Telephone: 828-877-4423
Hours: Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Closed on Easter weekend and other state holidays except for Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Fees: None
Allow: 2-3 hours
Tips: Great place to take the kids. A perfect blend of education and fun. The trout at the hatchery will be a vacation highlight! Make sure you visit the nearby Looking Glass Falls, and if it's summer, the kids can swim at the popular Sliding Rock.
Nearby: Waterfalls in Western North Carolina, Cradle of Forestry
Directions: From Asheville: Take I-26 East or US 25 South to Airport Rd. (NC 280). Follow 280 past the airport to the Wal-Mart Shopping Plaza just before Brevard. Turn right onto US 276 into Pisgah Forest. Turn left onto Forest Service Rd. 475. From Hendersonville: Take US 64 West to the intersection of Hwy. 280 and US 276 at the Wal-Mart. Take US 276 into Pisgah Forest. Turn left onto Forest Service Rd. 475.

  Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas


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