DUPONT STATE RECREATIONAL FOREST
Ridgeline and Hickory Mountain Loop with Ray Adams and Charlie Putnal
DuPont is the latest addition to North Carolina’s state forest system, but it already boasts more than 90 miles of trails. Trailside attractions include no less than four waterfalls all of which earned screen time in “The Hunger Games and “Last of the Mohicans”. DuPont also proves that slickrock isn’t endemic only to Utah, as two trails, the Cedar Rock and Big Rock singletracks, traverse huge exposed granite domes interspersed with gnarled scrub pine, creating spectacular riding conditions and unobstructed views.
Rolling single and doubletrack links the two domes, as the trails in DuPont throw a little bit of everything at mountain bikers-tight twisties in the trees, short power climbs and tricky descents over its aggressively rolling terrain. Don’t expect to find much flat ground here.
DuPont represents a victory for outdoor groups, as mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers and fisherman banded together to save the forest from development. Trails here are maintained by a community of user groups, and there is a strong sense of fellowship among visitors. It’s truly a multi-use area.
Location: DuPont State Forest is in the western corner of North Carolina near Brevard, about 30 miles from Asheville.
Length: 30-35 miles
Elevation: 2,600-3,300 feet; 3,000 feet of climbing
Terrain: single- and doubletrack with slickrock over rolling terrain with some technical climbing and descending.
Season: Year round, can be steamy in summer. Rain is not a problem because the sandy soil drains very well.