Facilities and Permits

Facilities and Permits

DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) offers a limited number of permits that allow for occasional use that are exceptions to forest rules. Permits are reviewed by Ranger staff using criteria based on public safety, impact to natural resources, impact to other DSRF visitors, and the ability of staff to monitor permitted activities.

Commercial Use Permits

To manage increased visitation to the forest, provide for visitor safety, and conserve natural resources, DSRF is now issuing commercial use permits. State Forest administrative rule 02 NCAC 60B .1021 states, "No person shall, while in or on an Educational State Forest or State Forest, sell or offer for sale, hire or lease, any object or merchandise, property, privilege, service or any other thing, or engage in any business except under permit and at such places and for such periods as may be designated." A Commercial Use Policy was implemented in 2012. The policy was updated in 2018 and 2019, including a change in application and use fees.

In order to use DSRF for commercial purpose, complete and return the attached permit application, email is preferred. A hard copy of the application can be sent by mail. This information is used to evaluate and prepare a permit that will be sent to the applicant for a signature. The permit application fee is $81. The fee must be paid at the time of application and is nonrefundable.

Payment must be made by check (only) made payable to DuPont State Recreational Forest. The permit application fee and any use fees from previous years must be paid before a permit is issued. There is a minimum 30-day review period for all commercial use permit applications. Commercial use fees are now a flat rate of $5 per person per trip.
All correspondence regarding commercial use should be directed to commercialuse.dsrf@ncagr.gov.


Limited Mobility Permits for Vehicle Use 


Limited Mobility Visitor vehicle permits are available through an 'appointment-only' program that allows for limited vehicle access near the High Falls Access Area of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

  • Appointments must be requested by email at dupontsf.ncfs@ncagr.gov.
  • Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge.
  • Limited Mobility vehicle permits must be requested at least 48 hours in advance and are not available on N.C. state holidays.

Appointments are available on the following days and times:
Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

One vehicle will be permitted access into DSRF per permit. Low clearance vehicles are discouraged. Permits may be amended or canceled due to  changing weather, trail conditions, or other extenuating circumstances.

Limited Mobility vehicle permit holders can only drive to two locations:

  • High Falls Picnic Shelter
  • Covered Bridge

  •  Email requests for appointments must include the following:

  • Name of the visitor
  • Contact information: 1. Phone number 2. Mailing address 3. Email address 4. Emergency Contact
  • Date and time requested for the visit
  • Number of people in the party

Appointment confirmations will be provided via return emails.

On the day and time of your appointment, come to the DuPont State Recreational Forest Visitors' Center and pick up your Limited Mobility Visitor vehicle permit from the volunteer or staff member on duty.

State Forest staff will wait at the on-site designated meeting location no longer than 20 minutes after the appointment start time. Such instances will be considered cancelled appointments, and the rescheduling will need to restart in the process described above.

Public restroom and potable water facilities are limited at DSRF, so plan your trip accordingly.
There is no garbage service; visitors must carry out their own trash.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Due to COVID-19 protection measures, all unvaccinated visitors to the State Forest should wear face coverings when inside buildings or in locations where 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained. Vaccinated visitors are not required to wear masks but should practice social distancing at all times.


Picnic Shelter Reservations (currently suspended)

More information will be posted on this webpage regarding Shelter Reservations at High Falls and Lake Dense.