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By Derek McKissock
News Editor 

DuPont State Recreational Forest

 

TRIPLE FALLS IN DUPONT HAS RECENTLY GAINED NOTORIETY AS ONE OF THE FILMING LOCATIONS FOR “THE HUNGER GAMES” MOVIE.

It’s official — DuPont State Recreational Forest is the most visited state forest in North Carolina, with more than 160,000 visits annually.

The 10,500-acre forest is located near Cedar Mountain, 12 miles southeast of Brevard. The majority of the forest (5,900 acres) is in Transylvania County, while the remaining 4,600 acres are in Henderson County.

There are 82 miles of forest roads and trails to explore by Hiking, mountain Biking or horseback riding.

Hooker Falls is an easy ¼-mile walk from the Hooker Falls access area on Staton Road. The trails to the top of Cedar Rock and the top of Stone Mountain, elevation 3,640 feet, are much more difficult. Visitors that are up to the challenge will be rewarded by panoramic views from either location.

The most popular destinations are Triple Falls and High Falls on the Little River. A 2 ¼ -mile hike from the High Falls access area takes visitors to both waterfalls. Bridal Veil Falls is a 2 ½-mile hike from the High Falls access area, or 2 ¼ miles from the Fawn Lake access area on Reasonover Road.

The popularity of some of these walks and waterfalls has been heightened by their connection with

famous movies, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games.”

Fans of “The Hunger Games” have the opportunity to participate in tours to some of the locations in the forest used in the movie. For more information, go to hungergamesfantours.com.

The forest has five mountain lakes, with Lake Julia the largest (99-acres). It can be reached from either the Fawn Lake or the High Falls access areas. Dense Lake is a beautiful spot with a picnic shelter and pier. There is a covered bridge on Buck Forest Road just 0.6 miles from the High Falls access area.

Deer, turkey and small game hunting are allowed in season, but a DuPont Game Lands permit is required. See the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Special Hunt Digest for more information.

Triple Falls and High Falls and Lake Imaging have picnic shelters that can be reserved for a fee. There are also picnic tables near Hooker Falls, Fawn Lake and Lake Julia. No trash pick up is provided, so visitors must pack out their trash. Cooking fires are not allowed.

Motorized vehicles, including ATVs and motor bikes, are prohibited on forest roads and trails. However, vehicle permits are available for disabled persons Wednesday through Sunday to go to High Falls, Triple Falls and the covered bridge. The permits must be requested 48 hours in advance by contacting the forest office at (828) 877-6527.

Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of an adult at all times. Public camping is not allowed, but there are several private campgrounds nearby.

Climbing around the waterfalls, jumping from the waterfalls and wading at the top of the falls is prohibited.

The forest is open year-round during daylight hours. To reach the forest from Brevard go south on U.S. 276 to Cedar Mountain and turn left on Cascade Lake Road. From Pisgah Forest take U.S. 64 to Penrose, turn right on Crab Creek Road then right on DuPont Road.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The DuPont State Recreational Forest office may be reached at (828) 877-6527 or at www. ncforestservice.gov/Contacts/dsf.htm.

Also, the Friends of DuPont Forest have an excellent web site at http://www.dupontforest.com.

TRANSYLVANIA SPOTLIGHT

Jackie West is a frequent visitor to DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“I was honored when asked to write a testimonial about DuPont State Forest. When I asked ‘why me,’ they said it was ‘because you’re always there!’

“It’s true — my family can attest to that! It’s my second home, and of all of the places I ride my horse, Gus, (North Mills River, Pisgah National Forest, Biltmore Estate and many more), it’s by far my favorite (and I feel, safest). DuPont offers the best maintained trails, and with the help of the friendly rangers, Pisgah Trailblazers, FODF, SORBA, and many other groups, the trails stay dry (due to proper runoff), and clear of debris.

“Gus loves to visit with the bikers and hikers (and vice versa). In my experience, all trail users make an excellent attempt to ‘play well together.’ My favorite trail? I don’t believe I could pick just one. I love viewing the waterfalls from horseback, and love the serenity and peacefulness of being deep into the forest, not seeing a soul. DuPont is where I go for my quiet and spiritual time.”

 
 

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