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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all facility reservation programs and Disabled Access Permits for vehicle use inside the forest 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.

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.


Disabled Access Permits for Vehicle Use (currently suspended, under review for reopening in Spring of 2021)


Picnic Shelter Reservations (currently suspended)

Special Use Permits (currently suspended)