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DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Recreational Forest

Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry

Forest Events & Announcements

Temporary Closures & Delays on Triple Falls Trail
Date: Monday June 26 – Friday June 30, 2017
Contacts: Dupont State Recreational Forest (828) 877-6527 ext. 206
Staff at Dupont State Recreational Forest will be working on a section of the Triple Falls Trail between the triple falls picnic shelter and the pedestrian footbridge. Visitors should expect delays or temporary closures during the afternoons and evenings while staff work with heavy equipment to fix trail damage caused by heavy rains.

Visitor access to Hooker Falls from the Hooker Falls parking lot will not be effected by this work.

420-Acre Property Transfer to DuPont State Recreational Forest Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.


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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