Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Holmes Educational State Forest

Holmes Educational State Forest provides a unique outdoors experience.

Photo of family at Learning exhibit at Holmes Educational State Forest

Holmes is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With rugged terrain, numerous rock outcroppings, and scenic vistas, it also offers a rich mixture of mountain hardwoods, rhododendron, flame azaleas, and a variety of wildflowers.

These features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails, which are accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed forest..


Fees and Permits

Currently, there are no fees associated with use of any Educational State Forest. Permits are required for certain activities and special events. For more information about permitting requirements at Holmes ESF, contact the Forest’s office.

State Forest Rules (PDF)