30k Info

2020 Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race 

Date: Saturday, May 9 , 2020
– Parking, packet pickup, & check-in open
8:00am – Race begins in front of Forest Discovery Center

Race Location: Cradle of Forestry in America
11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude 35.21’02”
Longitude -82.46’43”

Come enjoy 18.6 miles of trail running in the birthplace of modern forestry! The fourth annual Cradle to Grave 30k starts and finishes at the Cradle of Forestry, located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Sliding Rock. You will run out the lush Pink Beds trail past fields of wildflowers and beaver ponds, cross creeks on bridges and rocks, move along forest service roads in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, and climb up to one of the most unvisited and spectacular views of pristine forest land available. The return trip will utilize several different trails, each with their own unique topography, beauty, and characteristics. Post-Race meal & entertainment will be provided.

Weather Plan –

We will be monitoring the weather closely. The event will go on rain or shine. In the event of severe thunderstorms and/or very high winds in the immediate course area at the time of the event, we will make the decision to delay the start or cancel. Due to limitations with Forest Service permitting, we do not have a date for rescheduling this year. If we have to cancel the event, participants will be offered a refund minus shirt costs, or they may choose to donate their entry fee to our non profit.

The weather call is not any easy one to make but something we will have to do on race morning.

Cradle to Grave 30k Course Map and Elevation Profile


 Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race Course Description

The Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race will start at the front door of the Forest Discovery Center, continue around the Forest Festival Trail (past the old logging train) and then enter the Pink Beds picnic area.  From there runners will take the left side Pink Beds Loop Trail (118) then left on Pink Beds Connector (118A). Aid Station #1. Runners will then take a left on Forest Service Road (FS 476) and a right on Yellow Gap (FS 1206) Aid Station #2.  The race will follow Yellow Gap Road to Left on Pilot Cove-Slate Rock (320) Aid Station #3. From there runners will follow right (320A) Pilot Cove loop.  This will be the longest climb of the run, the view at the end is worth it! After taking in the view runners will continue left around the loop on (320) to Aid Station #4 and retrace their steps by taking a right on Yellow Gap Rd (FS1206) to the left on (FS476) Aid Station #5.  Runners will return to the Pink Beds via (118A) Aid Station #6, then follow the opposite side of the Pink Bed Loop trail (118) through the Southern Appalachian Bog utilizing the newly constructed boardwalk.  Return to the Cradle of Forestry to finish at the Amphitheater and celebrate with awards, food, drinks and music.

A group of runners pose at the top of Slate Rock. It's all downhill from here...almost!
A group of runners pose at the top of Slate Rock. It’s all downhill from here…almost!