Hiking Trail Review
for
Flat Rock Trail
in
DuPont State Forest


Two DuPont trail-namesake waterways come together as the finale of this great trail.



One of the many stones adorning the trail

photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail is a nice walk culminating at the confluence of Jim Creek and Grassy Creek (of Grassy Creek Falls fame).  There are also some nice rock formations.

Directions:

From DuPont Road (a.k.a. Staton Road):  Turn onto Sky Valley Road off DuPont Road.  This junction is 3.2 miles north of the DuPont Visitors Centre.  Travel 2.5 miles to the trailhead.  Note the road turns to gravel at .7 miles and you will pass the Guion Farm Access Area at 1.6 miles.  There is a pull-off suitable for one vehicle at the trailhead, but there are a few places to park nearby.

Blaze Markings:  unblazed

Length:  approximately .5 miles one way (approximately 1 mile there and back as the trail does not end at an accessible location; exactly 2478 feet one way and 4956 feet there and back.    This distance matches the one way distance of .5 miles on the DuPont State Recreational Forest map published by the North Carolina Forest Service (2012).

Difficulty:  moderate; this is the official ranking, and I agree due to slope and the there and back distance.




The creek provides a nice reward at the end of the trail

photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail has some nice rock formations along the way, and there is a camping site at the end where the two streams converge.  I like water, so this makes for a nice finale.  The Flat Rock Trail runs through a mixed forest type with pine well represented.  When I hiked it, the trail was close in places but not enough to impede hiking.  It largely follows an old roadbed.  This is one of the few trails in DuPont that does not have a junction with another trail.

 

I began measuring distance at the trail sign. 

 

At 130’, there is an interesting and large rock formation to the left.

From 322’ to 586’, there is another cool series of rocks on the left.

At 394’, there is an area of small rock face on the right that might be the namesake of the trail.  It is hard to see, so look for it.

At 655’, you can see a field to the left through the trees.

At 2119’ until  the end, you can clearly hear the water.

At 2285’, there is a smaller creek to the left that flows into Jim Creek just above the conflux.

At 2478’, the trail ends at the conflux of Jim Creek and Grassy Creek.  This is a nice place to eat a picnic or hang out awhile before heading back.




Indian pipe

photo by A. Scott Lavender


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