Dupont State Recreational Forest

Both a mountain bikers paradise and a top rated place for hikers and waterfall enthusiasts.


Dupont State Forest is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience the natural beauty of North Carolina. The forest encompasses over 10,000 acres and was once owned by the DuPont Corporation as a site for industrial development, the land was later purchased by the state of North Carolina in 1996 and designated as a state forest. Today, the forest offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and more.

Some of the most popular trails in Dupont State Forest include the Triple Falls Trail, which leads hikers to a series of cascading falls that are said to be some of the most beautiful in the state. Another popular hike is the High Falls Trail, which takes visitors to a stunning 125-foot waterfall that plunges into a pool below.

There are several horseback riding trails that take riders through the forest and along the banks of its many streams. Mountain bikers will also find plenty of riding opportunities on the forest’s numerous trails, including the Burnt Mountain Trail, which is known for its challenging terrain.

Overall, Dupont State Forest is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. With its stunning waterfalls, challenging trails, and fascinating history, it’s no wonder that this forest has become one of the most popular attractions in North Carolina.

  • The Forest is open daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Do not climb on rocks or waterfalls.
  • Jumping, sliding, and diving from waterfalls are prohibited.
  • Swimming or wading upstream of waterfalls is prohibited (within 300 feet of the waterfall).
  • All pets must be on a physical leash.
  • Camping is not allowed on DSRF.
  • Areas or trails designated “No Entry,” “Do Not Enter,” or “Authorized Personnel Only” are prohibited.
  • Alcohol and illegal controlled substances are prohibited.
  • Campfires and cooking fires (charcoal, gas, wood, or other fuel) are not allowed on any part of DSRF.