Equestrians are welcome to use nearly all of the trails at DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF).

Hooker Falls Trail, the lower section of Triple Falls Trail, and the pedestian bridge at Hooker Falls Access Area are off-limits to equestrians and bicyclists.

Since DSRF has grown in popularity, the trails are used more than ever. Other visitors may not be aware of trail etiquette or know to yield to equestrians. Make sure you and your horse are ready.


​Multiuse Trail System

Equestrians can expect high trail traffic at any time, especially near the heavily visited waterfall corridors.

Be sure you and your horse are ready for a variety of circumstances.

Tie-out locations and potential watering sources are available.

Equestrians should make themselves known to other users, especially hikers and bicyclists. Saying 'hello' to oncoming users is a best practice in avoiding trail conflicts.

Jim Branch and Ridgeline Trails are popular trails for mountain biking. Equestrians should expect downhill bicyclists at all times.


Equestrian Parking

Parking for horse trailers is encouraged at Guion Farm Access Area on Sky Valley Road and Lake Imaging Access Area on Staton Road.

There is no parking for large vehicles at the High Falls and Hooker Falls Access Areas. These areas experience a high volume of cars and pedestrians.

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.

For more information about equestrian activities in DuPont State Recreational Forest and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.