DuPont State Forest

View from Covered Bridge Trail

High Falls

photo by A. Scott Lavender

DuPont State Forest is a 10,437 acre (40 km²) tract located in Henderson and Transylvania counties of Western North Carolina formed in 1997.  The name of the Forest originates from the DuPont company that sold most of the current Forest to the state.  It is open year-round from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.  


The forest features over 80 miles of trails shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians offering long-range mountaintop views, the pristine Little River, five lakes, and the following popular waterfalls:

The log cabin Visitor Center in honour of Mrs. Steinberg, an ardent supporter of DuPont State Forest

photo by A. Scott Lavender


Elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain.  A wide variety of habitats are to be discovered as you hike:

  • Upland oak forest
  •  Cove forests
  • Granite dome
  • Small wildlife openings
  • Mountain bog—a rare habitat
  •  Lake
  • Stream
  • River

DuPont Forest is phenomenal.  In my opinion, the only thing it lacks is a long-distance trail, but this can be accomplished readily by combining shorter trails.

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An alphabetical list of the trails follows.  They are also available by distance and difficulty level. 

  1. Airstrip Trail
  2. Barn Trail
  3. Big Rock Trail
  4. Boundary Trail
  5. Bridal Veil Overlook Trail
  6. Bridal Veil Falls Road
  7. Briery Fork Trail
  8. Buck Forest Road Trail
  9. Buck Ridge Road
  10. Buckhorn Creek Road
  11. Burnt Mountain Trail
  12. Camp Summit Road
  13. Cannon Creek Trail
  14. Cart Trail
  15. Cascade Trail
  16. Cedar Rock Trail
  17. Chestnut Oak Road
  18. Conservation Road
  19. Corn Mill Shoals Road Trail
  20. Covered Bridge Trail
  21. Farm House Trail
  22. Fawn Lake Road
  23. Fawn Lake Loop
  24. Flat Rock Trail
  25. Flatwoods Trail
  26. Frank Street
  27. Grassy Creek Falls Trail
  28. Grassy Creek Trail
  29. Grassy Meadow Trail
  30. Guion Trail
  31. Hickory Mountain Loop
  32. Hickory Mountain Road
  33. High Falls Trail
  34. Hill Top Trail
  35. Holly Road Trail
  36. Hooker Creek Trail
  37. Hooker Falls Road Trail
  38. Isaac Heath Trail
  39. Jim Branch Trail
  40. Joanna Road
  41. Kid’s Bike Loop at Guion Farm
  42. Lake Imaging Road
  43. Lake Julia Road
  44. Lake View Loop
  45. Laurel Ridge Trail
  46. Little River Trail
  47. Locust Trail
  48. Longside Trail
  49. Micajah Trail
  50. Mine Mountain Trail
  51. Moore Cemetery Road Trail
  52. Nooks Trail
  53. Oak Tree Trail
  54. Pine Tree Trail
  55. Pitch Pine Trail
  56. Plantation Trail
  57. Poplar Hill Loop
  58. Poplar Trail
  59. Reasonover Creek Trail
  60. Ridgeline Trail
  61. Rifle Trail
  62. River Bend Trail
  63. Rock Quarry Road
  64. Rocky Ridge Trail
  65. Sandy Trail
  66. Scarlet Oak Trail
  67. Sheep Mountain Trail
  68. Shelter Rock Trail
  69. Shoal Creek Trail
  70. Shoals Trail
  71. Shortcut Trail
  72. Stone Mountain Trail
  73. Switchback Trail
  74. Table Rock Trail
  75. Tarkiln Branch Road Trail
  76. Thomas Cemetery Road Trail
  77. Three Lakes Trail
  78. Triple Falls Trail
  79. Turkey Knob Road Trail
  80. Twin Oaks Trail
  81. Twixt Trail
  82. White Pine Loop
  83. White Pine Road Trail
  84. Wilkie Trail
  85. Wintergreen Falls Trail


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