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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  • Spent the entire day. Hiked more than 10 miles with 3 kids with stops for swimming and wading. Everyone enjoyed the day, and that's saying something for a family of 5! Stock up and take plenty of wate...  more »
  • Drive up to Dupont State Forest and enjoy a 3-6 mile hike that is manageable for all family members! Don't forget to bring rain gear, though - the rain can come out of no where! We hiked for 2-3 hours...  more »
  • This is such a great place for hiking. Once you see the major waterfalls the other hiking trails are scarce of people. Stone Montain was hard but worth the climb. The Cedar Rock Trail was also scenic ...  more »

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