DuPont State Recreational Forest, commonly known as DuPont State Forest, or simply DuPont, was created in 1997 with a sale of over 7,500 acres to the state of North Carolina. Today DuPont comprises over 10,400 acres of permanently protected land for recreational use.
Over 80 miles of trails traverse this forest, providing the venue for some of the best hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and trail running in the Carolinas. More than 70 percent of visitors to DuPont (350,000 in 2012, according to the N.C. Forest Service) will come to see its six impressive and easily accessible waterfalls. DuPont is a destination for year-round use, with varied wildlife and forest habitats.
We are pleased this year to announce the publication of Scott Lynch’s Hiking & Mountain Biking DuPont State Forest, the newest in our pocket guide series. This slim volume includes 22 day hiking routes and 6 routes specifically for mountain bikes, each with a map, walking directions, distance, and difficulty rating. Maps and driving directions for the 6 trailheads in DuPont are included as well, all in a concise format that helps keep your pack small and light.
This new guide has all the information you need to explore DuPont—and find out for yourself why it has become one of the most popular outdoor destinations in western North Carolina.