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DuPont State Recreational Forest

Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry

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476-Acre Property Transfer to DuPont State Recreational Forest Frequently Asked Questions (Updated: 12/20/16)

Please contact the DSRF Office for questions regarding advisories (828-877-6527).

Hours of Operation - The forest is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. DSRF offers free permits (Microsoft Word format) for legitimate use of the forest after hours.

Respect the Trails- The recent snow event has made DuPontís trail system vulnerable to damage from bicycle, equestrian, and hiking traffic. The Forest trail system will remain open but trail closures may be enacted if damage such as rutting and compaction occur. If you enjoy DuPontís trails, please consider giving them a break this week and after future snow and rain events.

Trail Etiquette Ė Please use proper trail etiquette no matter what activity you are engaged in. Maintain a prudent speed, make others aware of your presence, and don't let your activities put others in danger. We want everyone to have an enjoyable, and most importantly, safe visit to the forest.



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The 10,400 acre DuPont State Recreational Forest is located in Henderson and Transylvania Counties between the towns of Hendersonville and Brevard.

To reach the forest from Asheville, take I-26 east toward the Asheville Airport. Exit at the Airport (exit 40) and head south on NC-280 for about 16 miles. Turn left onto US -64 (heading east) for about 4 miles. In Penrose, turn right onto Crab Creek Road for about 4 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right on DuPont Road and continue for 3.1 miles.

To reach the forest from Brevard, take US 276 south to Cedar Mountain and turn left on Cascade Lake Road. Continue on Cascade Lake road for 2.5 miles, then turn right on Staton Road/DuPont Road. Continue on Staton Road/DuPont Road for 1.5 miles until you reach the High Falls access area.

To reach the forest from Hendersonville, take US 25 Business (Church Street) south to Kanuga Road. Turn right on Kanuga Road, which becomes Crab Creek Road, and go 11 miles. Turn left on DuPont Road and continue for 3.1 miles.

For internet mapping or turn-by-turn GPS, enter the intersection of Crab Creek Road and DuPont Road. From there, head South on DuPont Road for 4 miles until you reach the High Falls access area.

Land & Resource Management Plan

The intent of the DuPont State Recreational Forest Land and Resource Management Plan is to provide the ecological context within which management will be conducted on the forest, to describe the desired future condition of natural resources throughout the forest toward which management will be directed, and to outline appropriate management techniques to work towards those conditions. The goals and objectives presented in this plan were developed to support other statewide initiatives regarding natural resource conservation and education.

Questions or comments regarding the plan can be directed to management forester Michael Sweat.

Forest Information

Forest Rules (PDF)
Picnic Shelter Reservations (PDF)
Obtaining a Vehicle Permit for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)
Gameland Hunting Dates (PDF)
Weather Station Data

Commercial Use

To manage increased visitation to the forest and to protect visitor safety and natural resources, DSRF is now issuing commercial use permits. State Forest administrative rule 02 NCAC 60B .1021states, "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." Commercial use permits and fees are explained in the attached DSRF commercial use policy.

If you plan to use DSRF for your business you will need to complete and return the attached permit application. You may respond by e-mail (preferred) or you can send a hard copy of the application. We will use this information to prepare the permit and send it to you for a signature. Wait until you receive the permit to send payment of permit fees.

Call 828-877-6527 or e-mail the forest office if you have any questions.

Policy (PDF)
Application for Commercial Use (PDF)
Medical Plan (PDF)


Vicinity Map (PDF, 8.5 x 11)
Trails Map (PDF, 11 x 17)
Waterfalls Map (PDF, 8.5 x 11)


Lake Dense
Lake Dense.
Triple Falls
Triple Falls.
Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls.
Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain.
Management is conducted for many species of wildlife at the forest, including deer such as this buck.
A rattlesnake is one of the natural hazards in the forest visitors should be aware of.

Contact Information



DuPont State Recreational Forest
PO Box 300
Cedar Mountain, NC 28718-0300

Voice: 828-877-6527
Fax: 828-862-8531
Permits and reservations: 828-877-6527, ext. 242


Closure Hotline:
828-877-6527 extension 105

WARNING: Although beautiful to see, waterfalls can be very dangerous. Every year people fall TO THEIR DEATH after a slip on wet rocks above and around waterfalls in the area.

  • Never climb around waterfalls, swim, wade or play in the water above a waterfall.
  • Children must be constantly supervised when visiting waterfalls.
  • Do not allow pets to roam freely.

It is easy to underestimate the slickness of rocks and the strong flow of water. Stay on the established trails and enjoy the view from the overlooks.

DuPont State Recreational Forest contains 10,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain. Little River runs through the forest, with four major waterfalls along its course. The forest also contains five lakes. The largest is 99-acre Lake Julia. The forest has over 80 miles of roads and trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

Habitats within the forest include Upland oak forests, cove forests, granite domes, riparian areas, mountain bogs, small wildlife openings, lakes, streams and the Little River.

DuPont State Forest participates in the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands program. Hunting is allowed, but requires a permit issued by the commission. Visitors should be aware of hunting seasons and current hunting dates and take safety precautions during those times.

Rock climbing and wading above waterfalls is not allowed.

Friends of DuPont ForestThe NC Forest Service appreciates the assistance and partnership of the Friends of DuPont State Forest, a 501[c]3 non-profit volunteer service organization working to enhance public use and enjoyment of the forest while protecting its natural resources.

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