Hiking Trail Review
for
Flatwoods Trail
in
DuPont State Forest


A short hike through a pine grove.



photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail is accessible from the Guion Farm Access Area.  There is a kiosk present and the farmhouse is set in a field.  The trail appears to be named for the pine grove called the Flat Woods encompassing this trail, Farm House Trail, and Kid's Bike Loop at Guion Farm.

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 1.6 miles to the Guion Farm Access Area on the right.  Note the road turns to gravel at .7 miles.  The parking area is medium-sized and in a large field near the farmhouse.

Blaze Markings:  unblazed

Length:  approximately .2 miles (approximately  41 miles there and back as the trail does not end at an accessible location; exactly 989 feet one way or 1978 feet there and back.  This matches the one way distance of .2 miles listed on the DuPont State Recreational Forest trail map published by the North Carolina Forest Service (20012).  The trail can be made a loop by adding 1712 feet of Shoal Creek Trail to and including all of the Farm House Trail

Difficulty:  moderate; this is the official trail designation, presumably due to slope, and assumes a one way trip.  This trail is easy, in my opinion, even considered as a there and back. 

 

This trail is through a damp pine grove as the presence of moss and ferns indicate.  The name is ironic because essentially all of the trail is sloped.  It is an old road.

 

I began measuring distance at the trail sign at the junction of Farmhouse and Flatwoods Trails, which is across the road from the parking area. 

 

At 989’, the trail ends at a junction with Shoal Creek Trail.  You can turn around, or use Shoal Creek Trail to make a loop hike.



The trail winds through the wood.

photo by A. Scott Lavender


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