RALEIGH – DuPont State Recreational Forest will be closing several trails at the High Falls Access Area to prevent further impacts to blue ghost firefly populations. The closures will take place at night from mid-May through early June.
The temporary trail closures are in response to an overwhelming number of visitors during the 2015 blue ghost season, typically a three-week period in late spring. Forest officials observed a high level of habitat disturbance and disruption by the large nighttime crowds, which could have long-term impacts on local populations of fireflies.
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At the April 19th Annual Meeting for FODF, Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry outlined a user fee proposal to help manage surging growth, pay for needed facility upgrades and protect delicate habitats.
This proposal has been made after consultation with the DuPont State Recreational Forest Advisory Committee and the Friends of DuPont Forest, both of which are supportive of the need for a fee structure. Both Guidry and FODF President Bev Parlier highlighted the critical need for bathroom facilities at the popular Hooker Falls Access, which is often overrun with people at peak times.
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The popular waterfalls tour of DuPont waterfalls has been scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 & 8th.
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Mother’s Day Tour: May 7 & 8, 2016
Fall Tour: October 8 & 9, 2016
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
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The Friends of DuPont will celebrate the 15th anni-versary of the state’s acquisition of “The Heart of the Forest” Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center. There will be a special DuPont cake and hot cider, as well as recollections of what occurred 15 years ago.

Take a look back at the highly controversial “fight for the waterfalls” in our Friends of the Falls history page.
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Friends of DuPont Forest has partnered with National Geographic to create a Trails Illustrated Topographic Map of DuPont State Recreational Forest. This map includes suggested routes highlighted with descriptions and elevation profiles. Routes were designed by FODF members and can be used by all users of the forest.
Learn more about new map!
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