DuPont State Recreational Forest - The forested land was purchased by the State of North Carolina, after DuPont sold its industrial operation in 1996 and 1997; the surrounding land holdings became DuPont State Forest. The forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is situated in the Little River valley and includes waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. The forest is open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. Hunting is by special permit only, issued by a permit agent of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Take a self-guided driving tour to the forest and experience some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina.
Many scenes from the movie, The Hunger Games, were shot in Dupont State Recreational Forest. The Hunger Games were filmed entirely in North Carolina. It was directed by Gary Ross with Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. The Hunger Games trilogy, which includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay, is a young-adult adventure science fiction series written by Suzanne Collins.
The Friends of DuPont Forest sponsors the tour twice a year, Mother Day weekend and in the fall. Tour de Falls, a 12 mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont State Forest’s spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia.
The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources manages the forest. For additional information call 828-877-6527.
High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC.
GPS Coordinates: 35.18856,-82.632936 www.dupontforest.com