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.
RESERVATION AND PERMIT PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED*
Due to COVID-19 restrictions all permit programs are currently suspended for DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF). NCFS staff will be reviewing the program and working to make permits available with procedures that are safe for visitors and staff. Please check here for updates after December 31, 2020. DSRF will not be taking any reservations before December 31, 2020.
*Commercial Use and Special Use Permits are being considered on a case-by-case basis. See sections below for application information.
Disabled Access Permits
To obtain a Disabled Access permit at DSRF contact the Forest Office at (828) 877-6527 ext. 207 or email email@example.com. In the case of a voicemail or email please state your name, contact information, the date and time you would like to come and the number of people in your group. Below are the available reservation times. Disabled Access permits must be requested at least 48 hours in advance and are not available on NC state holidays.
• January - Reservations are unavailable.
• Feb. 1 through March 31 - Reservation times are available Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., all must depart by 12:00 p.m. (noon).
• April 1 through Dec. 31 - Reservation times are available Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., all must depart by 12:00 p.m. (noon).
One vehicle will be permitted access into
DSRF. Low clearance vehicles are discouraged. Permits may be amended or canceled due to changing conditions. Disabled Access permit holders must drive to
• Triple Falls
• High Falls
• Covered Bridge
There is a public restroom at the High Falls Access Area and portable toilets are located at the High Falls and Triple Falls shelters. Potable water is available at the High Falls Access Area only. There is no garbage service; visitors must carry out their own trash. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
If you have any questions, please contact the Forest Supervisor’s office at (828) 877-6527 ext. 207 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic Shelter Reservations
To reserve a picnic shelter at
, contact the Forest Office at (828) 877-6527 ext. 207 or email
. In the case of a voicemail or email please state your name, contact information, the date and time you would like to come, the shelter you wish to reserve and the number of your group. Below is a complete list of shelters, available reservation times and fees. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance and are not available on NC state holidays.
• January - Reservations are unavailable.
• Feb. 1 through March 31 - Reservation times are available Saturday and Sunday.
• April 1 through Dec. 31 - Reservation times are available Monday through Thursday.
• Triple Falls 7 tables $60
If the shelter is available for the date and time you request, you will be asked to submit your payment. Your reservation will not be confirmed until your payment is received. Reservations must be canceled more than 30 days in advance in order to receive a refund. In the case of adverse weather, reservations can be rescheduled. Checks should be made payable to DuPont State Recreational Forest and mailed to:
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Attention: Sarah Patton
P.O. Box 300
Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
• High Falls 4 tables $40
• Guion Farm 4 tables $40
• Lake Dense 2 tables $25
• Lake Imaging 3 tables $40
Up to 5 vehicles may be permitted access into
DSRF for reservations at High Falls, Triple Falls, Lake Dense and Lake Imaging shelters. Vehicles are not permitted to drive to any location in the Forest other than directly to and from the reserved shelter. All vehicles must enter and depart together. The Guion Farm Shelter is located behind the farmhouse on Sky Valley Road and is a short walk from the Guion Farm Access Area. Vehicle permits are not issued for Guion Farm Shelter.
There is a public restroom at the High Falls Access Area and portable toilets at the High Falls and Triple Falls shelters and at the Lake Imaging and Guion Farm parking lots. There is not a toilet located at the Lake Dense shelter. Potable water is available at the High Falls Access Area only. There is no garbage service; visitors must carry out their own trash. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Special Use Permits
Special Use Permits entail the use of the DSRF Equestrian Facility and other areas of the Forest other than picnic shelters. For more information on special use permits email
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.