Hiking Trail Review
Moore Cemetery Road Trail
DuPont State Forest

This short, family-friendly trail leads to the old Moore Cemetery, which contains some Confederate soldier's graves.

Sunlight filters through the pine grove on the way to the cemetery

photo by A. Scott Lavender

This trail is not directly accessible, though it might as well be.  It is off Holly Road Trail which is accessible from the Hooker Falls Access Area.  It is a great trail through a nice pine grove leading to a peaceful family cemetery including some Confederate graves. 


There are two ways to access the Hooker Falls Access Area: one from U.S. 276 in Cedar Mountain, N.C. and the other from Crab Creek Road.

From Cedar Mountain, N.C.:  Take U.S. Highway 276.  Turn onto Cascade Lake Road.  Drive 2.5 miles.  Turn right onto Staton Road.  Travel 2.3 miles.  Hooker Falls Access Area is on the left.  This is a medium-sized parking area.

DuPont Road from Crab Creek Road:  Take Crab Creek Road (this road is also known as Kanuga Road in Henderson County should one be coming from Hendersonville).  Turn onto DuPont Road.  Travel 1.2 miles.  DuPont Road ends and Staton Road begins (i.e. DuPont Road becomes Staton Road—this change is due to the road crossing the county line between Henderson and Transylvania Counties).  Travel 3.1 miles.  Turn right into the Hooker Falls Access Area.  There is a medium-sized parking area.

Blaze Markings:  unblazed

Length:  the trail itself measures approximately .16 miles one way or exactly 869 feet and .32 miles there and back or 1738 feet.  However, 397 feet of the Holly Road Trail must be hiked to access the trail.  Thus, the total distance is approximately .24 miles (approximately .5 miles there and back as the trail does not end at an accessible location; exactly 1266 feet one way or 2532 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). 

Difficulty:  easy; this is the official trail designation. 

The trail is sometimes slightly overgrown

photo by A. Scott Lavender

This trail has the interesting historic feature of the cemetery.  It meanders through a pine grove with lots of ferns and turkey brush.  Take a little time to inspect the cemetery when you arrive.  I hiked this trail in early May with my friend, A. Scott Lavender.


The Holly Road Trail Portion:


I began measuring distance at the gatepost at the end of the parking area. 


At 84’, there is a junction to the left with Hooker Falls Road.

At 259’, Holly Road Trail is gated.

At 397’, there is a junction with Moore Cemetery Road Trail to the left. 

Old-fashioned headstones adorn the cemetery

photo by A. Scott Lavender

Moore Cemetery Road Trail:


I began measuring at the junction with Holly Road Trail.


At 784’, there is a horse tie-out.

At 869’, the trail ends at the cemetery fence.

One of the Moores for which the cemetery is named

photo by A. Scott Lavender

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