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DuPont State Forest

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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′ DuPont State Foreston 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.

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

Walking Trails

Various walking trails in Hendersonville, NCHere in North Carolina, close to the Inn on Church, we have many walking trails that are simply lovely.

Additional Walking Trails Near Hendersonville:
Jackson Park
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East Flat Rock Park
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Stoney Mountain Activity Center
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Dana Park
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Westfeldt Park
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Edneyville Park
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Edneyville Community Center & Park
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Etowah Park
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Hiking Trails Near Hendersonville

Hiking in the mountainsLocated close to Dupont National Forest, Inn on Church provides lodging and food close to many hiking areas.


Name Near Distance Elev Gain
Turkey Pen Gap Trail 9.2 miles away 5.7 miles 2600 ft
Mountain Views, Lush valleys, Long walk beside the river
Max Patch – Long Loop 9.6 miles away 4 miles 1400 ft
Nice hike along a treeless summit of rolling hills.
Stone Mountain Hike 9.9 miles away 3.83 miles 1100 ft
360 Deg. Views in winter, Great colors in fall, Good Exercise
Pink Beds Trail 10.3 miles away 4.5 miles 500 ft
Nice, relatively flat hike along stream bed, Numerous clearings.
Fletcher Creek Loop 10.4 miles away 6.5 miles 1236 ft
Wildflowers, Good Exercise, Picturesque Native Trout Stream.
Graveyard Fields Loop 10.6 miles away 3.19 miles 564 ft
waterfalls, easy hike, good exercise
Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs 11.5 miles away 6 miles 1500 ft
Wooded, yet nice vistas and AT shelter
Three Falls Hike 12.1 miles away 2.4 miles 250 ft
Waterfalls, Beautiful River Views, Good Exercise
High Falls,Triple Falls Hike 12.1 miles away 2.25 miles 431 ft
Beautiful set of waterfalls, multi use area, superbly maintained trails
Bent Creek Lake Loop 12.2 miles away 1.5 miles 150 ft
Lake Views, Wild Flowers, Wildlife, Fall Color
Pump Gap Loop Trail 12.8 miles away 3.5 miles 2000 ft
Wooded up hill hike that eventually connects with AT and Lovers Leap.
Appalachian Trail – North of H 12.8 miles away 10 miles 1800 ft
Scenic views from fire tower, open grassy areas, wooded trails
Laurel River Trail 13.7 miles away 7 miles 300 ft
Nice hike along a very scenic whitewater rive, ruins and swimming
Rim of the Gap – Pinnacle Pass 15.9 miles away 5.2 miles 2488 ft
numerous streams, great outcrop, challenging trail
Pink Beds Loop- short version 15.9 miles away 3.1 miles 300 ft
Level loop, nice cool hike, lots of streams, beautiful mtn laurels when in bloom
Ishi,Pinnacle Pass Loop 15.9 miles away 5.5 miles 1687 ft
Strenuous Hike, Excellent Forest, Great Views
Lake Imaging 17 miles away 3.8 miles 202 ft
small lake, hike,bike,horseback,beautiful hardwood forest
Triple Falls Loop 17.1 miles away 3.5 miles 300 ft
Beatiful waterfalls, wooded trail.
Cat Gap – Horse Cove Loop 17.3 miles away 5.1 miles 1062 ft
Views From John Rock, Wildlife, Exercise
Raven Cliff Falls- Suspension 17.8 miles away 6.5 miles 1000 ft
Rhodendron, Mountain Laurel, established trees, beautiful waterfall
Pleasant Ridge Nature Trail 17.9 miles away 0.7 miles 109 ft
interperative trail, great stream and small waterfalls
Ceasears Head Hike 18 miles away 7.3 miles 2500 ft
4-5 hr hike covering 2 waterfalls, scenic vistas, suspension bridges, etc.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail 18.2 miles away 5 miles 300 ft
Scenic hike along wooded-river trail to Bridal Veil Falls.
Shining Creek-Art Loeb-Old But 18.2 miles away 8.4 miles 2950 ft
Wonderful S. Appalachian creek and cove, Shining Rock, and views galore.
Lake Dense 18.8 miles away 3.5 miles 140 ft
Vast variety of trails, beautiful lake, outstanding river
Source: http://www.localhikes.com/

Biking & Mountain Biking Trails

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mountain biking in a river
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mountain biking at sunset

30 Western North Carolina is legendary for its mountain biking trails with DuPont State Forest ranking high among professional bikers. There are also several family fun bike trails in the area.

Family Fun Bike Trails

  1. OKLAWAHA Greenway
  2. Biltmore Estate
Mountain Biking Trails
  1. Dupont State Forest   (print)  (trail map)
  2. Bat Cave – Edneyville (42 miles)
  3. Cane Creek – Emmas Grove (26 miles)
  4. Carl Sandburg Metric Century (63 miles)
  5. Cedar Mountain Cruise (36.1 miles)
  6. French Broad River Cruise (40.3 miles)
  7. Henderson – Flat Rock Challenge (44.4 miles)
  8. Old Fort – Hickory Nut Gorge (64 miles)
  9. Polk County Cruise (39.8 miles)
  10. Swannanoa Valley & Crafts (26 miles)
  11. The Blue Ridge Parkway: Mount Pisgah to Cherokee (60 miles)
  12. Wildflower Bakery (50 miles)

Western North Carolina Mountain Biking Trailheads Federal Lands

Pisgah National Forest
Nantahala National Forest
  • Tsali
  • Jackrabbit Mountain
  • Hanging Dog
US Army Corps of Engineer
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
  • Dark Mountain Trails
  • Overmountain Victory Trail
  • Fish Dam Creek Trail
  • Warrior Creek Trails
  • Overmountain Victory Trail

State Lands

Public Golf Courses & Resorts

Golf in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC

Golfing in Hendersonville, NCThis area of Western North Carolina near  Hendersonville & the Greater Asheville Area has several public golf courses and golf resorts where visitors and the general public can play a round of golf.

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock Park is known for its breathtaking views, Hickory Nut FallsHikingbird-watching,  and rock climbing.  Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the NC mountains. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, NC, the Park is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge between the towns of Lake Lure and Bat Cave. The Park welcomes leashed and vaccinated pets.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities.