Permits and Reservations

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.


For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DuPont State Recreational Forest, click here.

 

PERMITS

Commercial Use Permits

Thank you for your interest in Commercial Use Permits at DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF). Applications for 2022 Commercial Use Permits are no longer being accepted for this calendar year.


The window for 2023 Commercial Use Permits applications will open on December 5, 2022 and will remain open through September 15, 2023.

If you held a 2022 Commercial Use Permit, you must submit your Use Record to dupontsf.ncfs@ncagr.gov before your application for a 2023 Commercial Use Permit will be reviewed.


DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) provides Commercial Use Permits to individuals, companies, and organizations interested in bringing groups to enjoy the forest and its amenities. Commercial Use Permits are valid for one calendar year beginning in January. A Commercial Use Permit is REQUIRED for any person, company, or organization that would like use the DSRF forest and amenities to conduct business or provide services, privileges, merchandise, or any other items for a fee. 

Commercial Use Permit requests should be made using our e-form. If the hyperlink does not work for you, use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/FsnwCn67xA

NOTE: Turn-around time for processing a Commercial Use Permit request is 30 to 40 business days. 

All correspondence regarding commercial use should be directed to commercialuse.dsrf@ncagr.gov


Film/Photo Shoot Permits

DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) provides Film/Photo Shoot Permits to individuals, groups, business, and organizations interested in using the forest for filming or photo shoots.  Film/Photo Shoot Permits have a minimum daily reimbursement charge of $734 and must be requested at least three weeks before the set-up, filming, or photography is to begin. 

Film/Photo Shoot Permit requests should be made using our e-form. If the hyperlink does not work, please use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/N9JSE11TMV

All correspondence regarding Film/Photo Shoot Permits use should be directed to dupontsf.ncfs@ncagr.gov


Limited Mobility Permits

You can request a Limited Mobility Permit to drive your private vehicle into the Covered Bridge and the High Falls Shelter using our e-form. If you find that the hyperlink does not work for you, please use the following URL to access the Limited Mobility permit request e-form: https://forms.office.com/g/YEh0YYg9XJ

January: No Limited Mobility Permits are offered
February – March: Permits are issued for 10:00am or 11:00am on Saturdays and Sundays
April – December: Permits are issued for 9:30am or 11:00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Permits are free of charge and are offered on a first-come/first-served basis. All Limited Mobility Permit requests need to be submitted at least 48-hours in advance and must be made using the e-form. Your actual permit will be emailed to you along with instructions regarding what to do and where to go on the day of your visit.

Special Use Permits

DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) provides Special Use Permits to non-commercial individuals, groups, and organizations interested in using the forest for an event, meeting, wedding, elopement, reunion, ceremony, etc. Special Use Permits are valid for a single day and are issued free of charge. There are a variety of restrictions ranging from location to group size that apply to Events at DSRF. You can learn about these restrictions at this webpage or by using the following URL: https://www.dupontstaterecreationalforest.com/documents/Events_Policy_final.pdf

Special Use Permit requests should be made using our e-form. If the hyperlink does not work, please use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/1ZtS39hMBU

NOTE: Turn-around time for processing a Special Use Permit request is 30 business days. 

All correspondence regarding Special Use Permits use should be directed to 



RESERVATIONS

Barn Reservation Requests

DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) offers barn reservations to camps and formally-organized, equestrian groups that will bring a minimum of 5 horses to the barn. Requests must be received at least one month in advance and must be made using this e-form. If the link to the e-form doesn't work for you, please use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/gN6yDEA4zb

Barn reservations allow the permittee to drive to the barn using the Reasonover Gate on Conservation Road. Vehicles are not allowed to drive to any other location within DSRF. 

Barn reservations begin at 12:00pm (noon) on the first day of your reservation and end at 11:00am on the last day of your reservation. Use of the barn is $40 per night plus $10 per horse per night and requires you to bring stall shavings and clean out the stalls at the end of their stay. Barn reservations are available as follows: 

January - March: Barn reservations are NOT offered
April - October: Reservations are available
November – December: Barn reservations are NOT offered


Educational Programming Requests

DuPont State Recreational Forest offers FREE educational programming for people of all ages. Programming is available on weekdays and can be customized to meet a group's specific needs. Common programming topics include: tree identification, forest ecology, the history of DuPont State Recreatonal Forest, wildlower identification, and more. 

If you'd like to inquire about scheduling a program, please use this e-form to provide us with some basic information. If the link to the e-form does not work for you, use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/xUiR3TFXjw


Picnic Shelter Reservations Requests

DuPont State Recreational Forest has five picnic shelters that visitors can request to reserve. Please use this e-form to request a picnic shelter reservation. If the link to the e-form does not work for you, use the following URL: https://forms.office.com/g/JbNWJfZgtj

The picnic shelters and their associated non-refundable fees are:

Guion Farm (4 tables – no vehicle access) - $40
High Falls (4 tables) - $40
Lake Dense (2 tables) - $25
Lake Imaging (3 tables) - $40
Triple Falls (7 tables – no vehicle access) - $60

Picnic Shelter Rervation Requests are processed on a first-come/first-served basis and are not actual reservations until payment for the picnic shelter is received.  All picnic shelter reservations are for the entire day and are available as follows:

High Falls, Triple Falls, Lake Dense, and Lake Imaging Picnic Shelters:
January: No reservations offered
February – March: Saturdays and Sundays except for state holidays
April – December: Mondays - Thursdays except for state holidays

Guion Farm Picnic Shelter:
January – May: Sunday – Saturday except for state holidays
June, July, August: Monday – Friday except for state holidays
September – December: Sunday – Saturday except for state holidays