The mission of DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) is to provide an exemplary model of scientifically sound, ecologically-based natural resource management for the social and economic benefit of its diverse community of users.
In 2011, DuPont State Forest was redesignated as a State Recreational Forest by the North Carolina General Assembly, to be managed primarily for natural resource preservation, scenic enjoyment and recreational purposes, including horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, hunting and fishing. DSRF is the only State Recreational Forest in North Carolina.
DSRF features spectacular waterfalls, unique ecological communities, lakes and an extensive trail system, and is managed by the North Carolina Forest Service under the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Visitors to DSRF should be prepared for a rugged outdoor experience. DSRF has limited options for public drinking water and no food services. While cellphone service is limited, free wireless internet service is available at the Visitor Center, which also offers trail maps and a knowledgeable staff to help you plan your time in the forest.
There is a weather station located at the Guion Farm, on the north side of DSRF. Hourly weather readings, including rainfall amounts can be found here.
Friends of DuPont Forest
Friends of DuPont Forest is a
volunteer service organization working to enhance the public use and
enjoyment of the DSRF while assisting in resource protection. Find out more here.
How are State Forests different from State Parks?
Managed for multiple resources including wood products and
Hunting may be allowed in some circumstances
Recreational opportunities vary between forests
Focused on preservation, with minimal manipulation of
Hunting is not allowed
Wide variety of recreational opportunities
For information and questions about:
Forests, trees, timber production or wildfire prevention:
N.C. Forest Service
Wildlife, hunting, fishing or boating: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Camping, outdoor recreation, or natural and cultural
heritage: N.C. State Parks and Recreation
The North Carolina Administrative Code provides State Forests the authority to implement
rules that provide for public safety and natural resource protection.