DuPont State Forest
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry
Forest Events & Announcements
Please contact the DSRF Office for questions regarding advisories (828-877-6527).
Respect the Trails:
The recent snow event has made DuPont’s 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 DuPont’s trails, please consider giving them a break this week and after future snow and rain events.
- Thank you from the DSRF Rangers.
Night-time trail closures are in effect near the Aleen Steinberg Center. This is to protect blue ghost firefly populations that have been impacted from over-crowding in recent years. The Forest closes at 10 p.m. Visitors are welcome to explore the Forest and other Access Areas until that time.
We expect the trail closures to end after the first week in June, 2016.
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.
Trail Etiquette 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.
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.
- DuPont State Forest Land & Resource Managment Plan
- Appendix A: Crosswalk
- Appendix B: Historical Overview
- Appendix C1: Map of Natural Communities
- Appendix C2: Map of Recreational Trails and Roads
- Appendix C3: Map of Dedicated Nature Preserve Areas
- Appendix C4: Map of Soil Types
- Appendix C5: Map of Water Resources and Topography
- Appendix D: Soil Types
Forest InformationForest Rules (PDF)
Picnic Shelter Reservations (PDF)
Obtaining a Vehicle Permit for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)
Gameland Hunting Dates (PDF)
Weather Station Data
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)
Management is conducted for many species of wildlife at the forest, including deer such as this buck.
PO Box 300
Cedar Mountain, NC 28718-0300
Permits and reservations: 828-877-6527, ext. 242