Tuttle Educational State Forest
Imagine a pine and hardwood forest with traversing streams and miles of hiking trails and you imagined Tuttle Educational State Forest. Tuttle Forest is part of North Carolina's system of Educational State Forests with the goal of educating children and adults on forest ecosystems, multi-use management, and the direct impact of forests on everyday lives. It is one of four educational forests located in western North Carolina.
Discover Lingle School, a one room wooden schoolhouse used for grades 1-7 in the mid 1800's. Explore the forests by well marked trails like the "Talking Trees Trail" where you can hear recorded messages about the trees and their use throughout history. A longer and more challenging hike is the "Forest Demonstration Trail" which offers a scenic introduction to forestry practices. These are only two of the nine trails covering over six miles throughout Tuttle Forest. Travelers looking for a more relaxing visit can enjoy the forest from an open picnic area complete with grills. The area is handicap accessible with restrooms. Tuttle Forest can accommodate larger groups with a covered picnic shelter and stone fireplace available with reservations. Volleyball court and horseshoe pits only add to this family friendly outdoor destination.
Tuttle Educational State Forest was made possible with a land donation by Lelia Judson Tuttle(1878-1967) to the Tuttle Forest Foundation. Tuttle Forest Foundation together with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources manage this wonderful property.