Mountain Biking DuPont State ForestDuPont Sate Forest includes over 10,000 acres of biking trails set aside within a multiple-use trail system in Western North Carolina. The area is home to four major waterfalls and large sections of mountains hosting miles of gorgeous singletrack. Miles and miles of dirt/gravel roads help create a system of trails so complex that one could ride here everyday for months without getting bored.
Just about any type of riding can be found here - Singletrack, doubletrack, technical stuff, steep stuff, three-mile long descents, flowing pump-track downhills, water-crossings, wall-rides, granitic domes, a rock quarry, a confidence course for beginners and kids, beautiful views and lakes to swim in when your done riding with your friends and family.
All within the beautiful locale that is Western North Carolina, just minutes from several great southern towns.
Getting ThereDupont State Forest can be accessed from several different areas.
Most visitors come from three places - Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, NC:
From Asheville, NC and other cities via I-40
Take I-40 to exit 46A for I 26 East towards Hendersonville. Take I-26 east to Exit 40. Turn right off Exit 40 onto NC 280. Take NC 280 south 16 miles to US 64. Turn left onto US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the stop light. Turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and go 4.3 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right onto DuPont Rd and go 4.2 miles. Note that DuPont Rd becomes Staton Road.
From Greenville, SC and Brevard, NC via US 276 to Cedar Mountain
Take US 276 to the intersection with Cascade Lake Road in Cedar Mountain, NC. This intersection is 1.6 miles north of the NC/SC state line and is 11 miles south of downtown Brevard. The Cedar Mountain Fire Dept. is at this intersection. Turn onto Cascade Lake Rd and go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Staton Road and go 3.2 miles.
From Hendersonville, NC and other cities via I-26
Take I-26 to exit 40B for US 64 west towards Hendersonville. Go 2.4 miles on US 64 to North Church Street/Business US 25 south. Turn left onto Church Street and go 0.6 south miles. Turn right onto Kanuga Road and go 11 miles (note that Kanuga Rd becomes Crab Creek Rd). Turn left onto DuPont Road and go 4.2 miles. Note that DuPont Rd becomes Staton Road.
Where to Begin Your RideThere are currently five main parking areas within Dupont - Buck Forest, Corn Mill Shoals, Fawn Lake, Guion Farm, Hooker Falls and Lake Imaging. The riding from each of the parking areas varies tremendously. Knowing before you go what type of riding you are looking for can make or break your experience in DSF. I recommend checking with the locals before you ride.
Beginning at Fawn Lake starts you off at the top along the ridges. Recommended trails here include Reasonover Creek Trail and Turkey Knob.
Corn Mill Shoals, however, starts you off at the bottom.
Going up Cedar Rock Trail begins what could be an epic ride up granitic outcroppings.
Guion Farm is perfect for beginners (don't skip this area, though experts!)
A kids trail/beginner confidence course can be found here, as well as Ridgeline Trail -
A zippy, pump-like trail that leaves everybody smiling.
An area map can be found online here, or better yet, stop by a local bike shop in Brevard and talk to some locals. Rides here in DuPont can be as short or as epic as you want them to be. Have fun!
Things to Remember!From the DuPont Sate Forest website:
- Be very careful near waterfalls! Rocks are very slippery. Visitors die every year at waterfalls in the area.
- Do not block gated entrances with your car.
- Do not cross the marked boundary of DuPont State Forest. Do not enter Agfa property.
- Wear bright colors during hunting season. No hunting on Sundays.
- The longer trails are for experienced hikers with topo maps.
There are ~90 miles of trails & dirt roads in this area; take proper precautions in case you get lost.
- Stay on established trails
- Yield to Horses and Hikers
- Do not disturb moss formations on slick rock trails
- Avoid trails on which biking is prohibited
External LinksOfficial website of DuPont State Forest
About the N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Consider becoming a Friend of DuPont
Pisgah Area SORBA Website
This area is maintained by a good number of trail volunteers - Please consider giving back by joining in on one of the trail workdays that take place often!
Check The Pisgah Area SORBA website for dates.
CampingThere are tons of camping options available in the area. DuPont itself only offers camping for volunteers during several of the trail workday weekends, other than that there is no camping allowed within the state forest itself.
Luckily the area is surrounded by several private campgrounds, many within riding distance from the trailheads. Other options include camping in Pisgah National Forest to the North and Table Rock Sate Park to the south in South Carolina as well as many BnB's/hotels throughout the surrounding area.