Forest Service


Visit the North Carolina Forest Service exhibit area to learn about our state’s rich history in forestry and how our forestland is a significant influence in the state, providing economic value and adding immeasurably to the quality of life for residents. Learn about the many programs and services the N.C. Forest Service provides for the citizens of North Carolina – and beyond! Meet forest rangers, see forest service equipment and learn how you can prevent wildfires. Just follow the path behind Heritage Circle and head up the hill to our brand new building!


The Forest Service exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Oct. 13 when the exhibit will open at 12 p.m.



Learn About Your North Carolina Forest Service


In the exhibit area, staff members will be available to share information about the many programs and services the N.C. Forest Service provides, including how to improve your forested property with a woodland plan and how you can help keep invasive insects and plants from affecting our state. Tour the Firewise building to learn how to create a fire-resistant landscape around your home and property. Enjoy interactive environmental education activities and games.


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Meet Smokey Bear


Be sure to stop and meet Smokey Bear! “Big Smokey” has been entertaining and educating fairgoers since 1983. He stands 21 feet tall, weighs more than 1,200 pounds and can talk!

See Forest Service Aircraft and Equipment


Children of all ages can touch and take pictures of real N.C. Forest Service equipment, such as an airplane, fire bulldozer and Type 6 fire engine! Climb into our interactive helicopter, and step into a fire tower cab.


Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show


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Head up to the N.C. Forest Service area, located behind Heritage Circle, and you'll find real-life lumberjacks showcasing their skills in axe throwing, crosscut sawing, chainsaw carving, chainsaw safety and log rolling. These lumberjacks aren't just here for laughs, learn about issues impacting our forests, what the future holds and why we need our forests.