About the Forest

About the Forest

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.

DSRF is open daily and year-round 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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?

State Forests:

Hunting may be allowed in some circumstances

Recreational opportunities vary between forests

State Parks:

Focused on preservation, with minimal manipulation of natural systems

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

Important Forest Rules

  • The Forest is open daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Do not climb on rocks.
  • Jumping or diving from waterfalls is prohibited.
  • Swimming or wading upstream of waterfalls is prohibited (within 300 feet of the waterfall).
  • All pets must be on a physical leash and under control at all times.
  • Camping is not allowed on DSRF.
  • Areas or trails designated "No Entry," "Do Not Enter," or "Authorized Personnel Only" are prohibited to trail users.
  • Alcohol and illegal controlled substances are prohibited.
  • Fires and charcoal grills are not allowed on any part of DSRF.

The North Carolina Administrative Code provides State Forests the authority to implement rules that provide for public safety and natural resource protection.