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A preview of the Citizen-Times’s “Ultimate Guide to WNC Outdoors.”
The Citizen-Times

 

A manhunt for an armed felon in the Pisgah National Forest continues today, but some of the most popular recreation areas in the forest have reopened.

The Cradle of Forestry in America and Sliding Rock Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest now that U.S. 276 has reopened, according to the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville.

A large part of the forest along U.S. 276 and the Pisgah Ranger Station had been closed for public safety since the weekend as several law enforcement agencies searched for Phillip Michael Stroupe II, who had held up people at gunpoint and then fled into the forest.

He was spotted in the Mills River area Monday night, and the search continues in that area.

The Cradle of Forestry is a great place to take kids during the summer. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 15 and younger.

Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, “First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School,” hands-on exhibits, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails.

The Cradle is on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, 6 miles north of Looking Glass Falls and 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.

Sliding Rock is probably the ultimate summertime destination for visitors and locals.

It is a 60-foot mountain water slide that ends in an 8-foot deep pool of water. Nearly 11,000 gallons of water per minute power the falls.

Onlookers can watch the fun from two observation platforms. The site is staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is open 7 days a week from 10…