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.

For more information DuPont State Recreational Forest and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click 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.

Trails and Trail Closures

In DuPont State Recreational Forest, the trail system is basically divided into two groups: Roads and Trails. The trails are generally considered single-track.

Trails and paths are narrower in width and have a natural dirt surface, or tread. Trails are often in more remote areas, are more susceptible to damage and harder to reach for maintenance.

Roads are wide and often have a gravel surface which can tolerate more use and varying user groups.

During a Single-Track Trail Closure, the roads will remain open while, for the most part, the trails will be closed.

These Roads and Wider Trails Generally Remain OPEN During a Single-Track Trail Closure:

The Airstrip (the paved airstrip is open; the trail is closed)

Bridal Veil Falls Road .6 miles

Buck Forest Road 3.2 miles

Camp Summit Road .5 miles

Conservation Road 2.6 miles

Corn Mill Shoals Trail 2.7 miles

Fawn Lake Road 1 mile

Hickory Mtn Road .9 miles

High Falls Loop 2.05 miles (Sometimes the Spur to the base can be flooded and might be closed, visitors should pay attention to barricaded areas. The staircase to Triple Falls may also be closed upon flooding and rising water levels at the bottom of the staircase.)

Holly Road 1.4 miles

Hooker Falls Trail .34 miles

Joanna Road 4.2 miles

Lake Imaging Road 1.5 miles

Lake Julia Road .4 miles

Rock Quarry Road 1.3 miles

Sheep Mtn Road 1.6 miles

Tarkiln Branch Road 1.4 miles

Thomas Cemetery Road 1.6 miles

White Pine Trail .5 miles

White Pine Loop .2 miles

Wintergreen Falls Trail .5 miles (sometimes has tendency to flood, visitors should use caution and pay attention should the area be closed.)

Total mileage that remains open: 28.49

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 or waterfalls.
  • Jumping, sliding, and diving from waterfalls are 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.
  • Campfires and cooking fires (charcoal, gas, wood, or other fuel) 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.