What and Where is Holmes Educational State Forest?

Holmes Educational State ForestSince 1977, Holmes Educational State Forest has been providing visitors with learning opportunities about the local ecology. It’s located only 10 miles from Downtown Hendersonville on Crab Creek Road, which is also called Kanuga Road closer to Hendersonville. First established as a nursery by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it is now one of seven educational forests in the state of North Carolina. And the best part about the Holmes Educational State Forest is that it has a little something for just about everyone.

What You Can Find in Holmes Educational State Forest

Holmes Educational State Forest

Whether you’re young or old, in-shape or need-to-get-in-shape, Holmes Educational State Forest offers plenty of options. The forest offers rock outcroppings, a large selection of wildlife and plant life, scenic vistas and wildflowers.

Take a short 30-minute, 1/2 mile trek on the flat Crab Creek Trail where you’ll get to see a Forest Service helicopter, a 1929 Spivey fire tower and fire plow.

Feeling slightly more adventurous? The shorter 1/10 mile, 15-minute walk through the Soil and Water Trail incorporates boardwalks and steps while you learn more about wetland plants and wildlife.

Come discover many variations of plants and wildlife on the popular Talking Tree Trail. The easy 30-minute, 1/2 mile gently-sloped walk through a cove forest offers seven stops and a pre-recorded message about one of the trees.

Looking for even more adventure? The 1/3-mile, 15-minute moderate difficulty Short Cut Trail offers the ability to observe various species of plants and wildlife.

Holmes Educational State Forest

Holmes Educational State Forest does offer one strenuous trail called the Forest Demonstration Trail, the longest on the property, which takes you from the bottom of the forest to the top with an elevation gain of approximately 500 feet. The three-mile strenuous hike takes almost three hours to complete and offers exhibits, a small pond and an observation deck.

For those not looking to hike, the forest offers a covered picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 60 people. While free to use, it must be reserved. The forest also provides numerous seating options, picnic tables, parking spaces and general green space to throw a frisbee or even bring your leashed pet.

Educational resources are available for schools and field trips can be planned to the state forest.

Hours: March 1 through November 30, Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun 10-6

Website: https://www.ncesf.org/holmes.html

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