Hiking Trail Review
for
Guion Trail
in
DuPont State Forest


This difficult trail connects with a number of other trails, and should be on your itinerary due to the features of creeks, slope, and a farm along the way.



Official Trail Sign

photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail is accessible from Sky Valley Road and runs from this point to Hickory Mountain Road Trail.

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 .6 miles to the small parking area on the right. 

Blaze Markings:  unblazed; note there are some orange blazes along the trail and near it that indicate a safety zone due to buildings and habitation.  These are not trail blazes.

Length:  approximately .54 miles; exactly 2835 feet.    This is close to the .5 miles listed on the Western North Carolina Trail Guide:  DuPont State Recreational Forest map published by Pisgah Map Company (2014).  Note that the trail does not loop, so the there and back distance is actually approximately 1.8 miles or exactly 5670 feet.  The trail can be made a partial loop by hiking Rifle Trail or utilizing parts of some and all of some other trails, depending on how you do it.  Please see the map and/or this site to piece this together.

Difficulty:  Difficult due to elevation and effective length.




Trail view

photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail does have a difficult slope.  It runs through the typical mixed forest type of DuPont.  There are a couple of small waterways and a small horse ranch along the way to liven things up.  It is an old road bed, which is standard for DuPont.  I hiked this trail in mid-March with my friends, A. Scott Lavender, who took the photos, and Matthew Hall.

 

I began measuring distance before the trail sign at the edge of Sky Valley Road. 

The first 220’ of the trail is open as it is within a power line cut.

At 360’, there is a small creek to the left.

At 738’, there is a winter view behind you of a rock on the ridge overlooking the trail and Sky Valley Road.

At 1438’, there is a fence to the right that belongs to a small farm/horse ranch.  There are multiple horses and accouterments for horses, which is why I am referring to it as such, it may just be a farm.

At 1643’, the trail crosses a branch; I think this is a separate watercourse than the stream mentioned before, but it may run into it away from the trail.  At 2107’, there is a junction to the right with Boundary Trail.

At 2527’, there is a junction to the left with Rifle Trail.

At 2835’, the trail ends at a t-junction with Hickory Mountain Road Trail.




Pines along the trail and one little ivy bush

photo by A. Scott Lavender


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