North Carolina has
six Educational State Forests that have been developed as living environmental
education centers. These forests are designed to promote a better understanding
of the value of forests in our lives.
Holmes Educational State Forest, located in the Blue Ridge
Mountains, offers a rich mixture of
mountain hardwoods, rhododendron, flame azaleas and a variety of wildflowers.
These features are accessible to the visiting public by a series of well-marked
trails accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed
forest. Picnic sites with tables and grills are provided, and ranger-conducted
programs are available to groups visiting the 235-acre Forest. Reservations are
also accepted for use of the rustic stone covered picnic shelter.
Holmes Educational State Forest
Location: Just west of Hendersonville
Address: 1299 Crab Creek Rd., Hendersonville NC 28739
Hours: Mid March to Mid November Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and
Allow: Two hours
Directions: From Hendersonville take Kanuga Road west 8 miles. Forest is on the
Notes: Reservations accepted for use of the rustic stone
covered picnic shelter.