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.
Here in North Carolina, close to the Inn on Church, we have many walking trails that are simply lovely.
Hiking Trails Near Hendersonville
Located close to Dupont National Forest, Inn on Church provides lodging and food close to many hiking areas.
Biking & Mountain Biking Trails
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
Mountain Biking Trails
Western North Carolina Mountain Biking Trailheads Federal LandsPisgah National Forest
Nantahala National Forest
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
Public Golf Courses & ResortsGolf in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC
This 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 Park is known for its breathtaking views, Hickory Nut Falls, Hiking, bird-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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great 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.