DuPont State Forest
|DuPont State Recreational Forest|
|North Carolina State Forest|
View of High Falls in DuPont Forest
|Named for: DuPont |
|County||Henderson & Transylvania|
|Area||10,473 acres (4,238.3 ha) |
|Management||North Carolina Forest Service|
|IUCN category||VI - Managed Resource Protected Area|
|Nearest city||Brevard, North Carolina|
|Website: DuPont State Recreational Forest|
DuPont State Recreational Forest, commonly known as DuPont Forest, is a 10,473-acre (42.38 km2) state forest, located in Henderson and Transylvania counties of North Carolina. The name originates from the fact that the DuPont company arranged the sale of the original tract to the state. Adjacent tracts have since been purchased and added to the state forest. Portions of the forest formerly contained a manufacturing facility for the production of X-ray film. The forest was used to shoot scenes from the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans as well as the 2012 box office hit The Hunger Games.
Nearly 83 miles (134 km) of multi-use trails and roads thread through the forest. The forest is widely used for many recreational activities, including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming (where permitted), wading, and kayaking. Destinations include mountaintop views (such as Cedar Rock Mountain), lakes (such as Lake Imaging, Lake Julia, Lake Dense, and Fawn Lake), and waterfalls, including:
- Alexia Jones Helsley; George Alexander Jones (2007). A Guide to Historic Henderson County, North Carolina. The History Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-59629-275-8.
- "DuPont State Recreational Forest Fiscal Year 2014 Legislative Report" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. October 1, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- "NC Forest Service Natural Assets" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. January 23, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- "DuPont State Forest - Bridal Veil Falls". Friends of DuPont Forest. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
- "The Hunger Games: Filmed in Henderson County's Dupont State Recreational Forest". Henderson County Travel & Tourism. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
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