DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina covers 10,400 acres and features oak forests, cove forests, granite domes, riparian areas and mountain bogs. The forest has over 80 miles of roads and trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
DuPont State Recreational Forest is located in Western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The forest contains five lakes, the largest of which is Lake Julia, a 99-acre lake located in the south of the forest. The highest mountain point within the forest is the peak of Stone Mountain at 3,620 feet. The forest offers 86 recreational trails as of July 2015. Additionally, the forest provides hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians with color-coded maps of all the trails available at the forest.
DuPont Forest features several animal habitats, including lakes, streams, smaller forests and bogs. The forest also includes several waterfalls with unique habitats and nature preserves. DuPont State Recreational Forest offers permits for commercial forest use and hunting. Rock climbing and wading above waterfalls is not allowed in DuPont forest, but hikers can swim in other locations. The North Carolina Forest Service website provides detailed information about the forest, including hunting dates, maps of nature preserve areas, weather reports and updates from the Forest Supervisor.