Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Forest consists of more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls.  It is located between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina.  The original 7600 acre forest was established in 1996 through a generous bargain sale from the DuPont Corporation. In 2000, the Forest was expanded by two property additions, including the spectacular 2200 acre tract in the center of the Forest containing High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

The DuPont State Forest lies in an upland plateau of the Little River valley, with large sections of gently rolling land bordered by moderately steep hills and mountains. Most all of the ridges have exposed granite slabs and domes. Elevation ranges from 2300' below Hooker Falls on the Little River to 3600' on the granite dome of Stone Mountain. Except for 21 small wildlife clearings, hundreds of acres of exposed granite, and a former camp facility on Lake Julia, the entire property is forested, mostly with young to medium aged trees, dating back to fires, farms, and forestry operations in the middle part of this century. Though sections of the property are white pine plantation (especially the Flatwood near Guion Farm), most are mixed with hardwoods gradually succeeding the softwoods.

The Little River flows through the Forest and there are four major waterfalls on the Little River, and several smaller waterfalls on the Grassy Creek, which drains a large portion of the eastern part of the Forest.

TOUR de FALLS - Mother's Day Weekend - May 12th and 13th.  A 12 mile tour by shuttle bus inDuPont State Recreational Forest to four spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & Lake Julia.

General Information:  www.dupontforest.com or 800-692-2929 or Inn on Church 828-696-2001

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