DuPont State Recreational Forest, Cedar Mountain

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DuPont State Recreational Forest, commonly known as DuPont Forest, is a 10,473acre state forest, located in Henderson and Transylvania counties of North Carolina. The name originates from the fact that the DuPont company arranged the sale of the original tract to the state. Adjacent tracts have since been purchased and added to the state forest. Portions of the forest formerly contained a manufacturing facility for the production of X-ray film. The forest was used to shoot scenes from the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans as well as the 2012 box office hit The Hunger Games.RecreationNearly 83mi of multi-use trails and roads thread through the forest. The forest is widely used for many recreational activities, including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming (where permitted), wading, and kayaking. Destinations include mountaintop views (such as from the summit of Stone Mountain, and Cedar Rock), lakes (such as Lake Imaging, Lake Julia, Lake Dense, and Fawn Lake), and waterfalls, including: Bridal Veil Falls Grassy Creek Falls High Falls Hooker Falls Triple Falls Wintergreen Falls Popular mountain biking trails include Ridgeline, Big Rock, Cedar Rock, and Airstrip trails. The Airstrip trail starts from near a small unused (or emergency use) airplane landing area. The Ridgeline trail is particularly noted for its long continuous, winding and uninterrupted run, with a mild downhill grade.
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  • My wife and I were told this is a nice place with a number of waterfalls and nature hikes. They were right, the sights are wonderful and for the entire family. Beware of the Triple Falls, it’s a hard ...  more »
  • We found a picture of a cool waterfall on a postcard, which led us to DuPont State Forest. We arrived fairly early in the day to find a newish looking Visitor Center that was not yet open and newish l...  more »
  • You can hike all day with no entrance fee. Parking fills up fast though. There are nicely built and maintained rest rooms, picnic tables and a visitor center at the upper entrance. ( no opportunity to...  more »

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